I’m not against healthcare for the poor, even if it costs me money. But, I would prefer that the church provide that service. I’m afraid that the government is replacing the church in the role of caring for the poor. James 1:27 This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. Personally I am unable to agree with the healthcare bill because I feel that supporting it would be endorsing government to take over a mission given to the church. Now, I know people – other Christians – who take the exact opposite position. They argue that by supporting more government intervention in health care, they are doing their Christian duty of caring for the poor and sick. I respect their opinion, but disagree. I think the church should be the lamp which shines the light of Christ’s love to the world, not government.

I also think that churches (or The Church) should take care of people who need a place to live. Yet, nowadays when someone needs help with a house they go to the government. Tim Geithner recently purposed ending the ambiguity to whether Fannie May and Freddie Mac are really publicly (or government) owned agencies. I also feel like churches should take the lead in caring for the environment. Once again, government will be taking the mission of caring for God’s creation.

To sum up, I disagree in principal with government taking any responsibility or mission away from the church. In my view, God has relationships with individuals and challenges them specifically, in the same way then individuals are responsible for caring for other individuals. We are personally responsible for caring for the sick, the homeless, the environment. The community is responsible only so far as it is a collection of individuals. When individuals share each others burdens, like helping an individual pay for healthcare, the community/society fulfills its responsibility. In my view the responsibility of the community is the sum of the individual acts of responsibility.

2 comments on “Why I’m against the healthcare bill

  • I very much appreciate your OT Ecology ministry and your maturity to realize that adult Christians can disagree and do it out of love. So, that being said, it is not my intention to argue or to make you angry, but just thought provoking discussion and debate. I have not made a “final” decision on this health care bill yet. I do believe that everyone is entitled to health care: universal healthcare. It is unfair and simply lacks love and compassion to let only those who can afford healthcare to receive it. This is clearly contrary to biblical teaching in my mind.

    As far as the issue of the church and government, consider these:
    1. The church has failed in social justice issues. Why then is it unacceptable for the government to step in? Yes, in a perfect world and from a biblical perspective, it would be best for the church to take care of these issues. It’s not happening as it should. The church must accept the responsibility to help those who are in need, unconditionally. It time for the church to step up and help others who lack basic necessities. It should be embarrassing to the church and the government that we have homelessness and hungry people.

    2. The church and its people are biblically subject to the government as long as it does not violate God’s law.

    3. Ponder this: What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. (James 2:14-18)

    4. Ideally, there should not be the constant adversarial relationship between the church and the government. It is a fundamental Christian tenant to love your neighbor. This includes the government and our leaders. We need to support the government.

    5. Consider the application of the following passage to the issue of government healthcare:

    • 1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-10)

    • 1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (Romans 13:1-10)

    Mark S. McClain

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