Is Healthcare a privilege or a right?

Our Lenten preaching series follows Jesus as he travels through his short life. We began in Bethlehem at his birth, and moved to Nazareth, where he spent much of his life. Last Sunday he was baptized in the Jordan River, and this week he will begin his ministry in Galilee. As Jesus begins his ministry, it isn't too long until we see how important good health is to Jesus. In his very short career in ministry Jesus is recorded in the Bible doing 31 healings. The healings cover a wide range of infirmities. He heals people who are blind, people with demons, a woman who had bleeding issues, a son with epilepsy, people who were ostracized with leprosy, and even someone with arthritis. Not once, in any of these healings does Jesus require those healed to give something to him. He gives the gift of health freely, without requiring anything in return.  He restores health to individuals, and by extension we also hear of healthy families.
 
It seems obvious how important it is to Jesus that individuals and their families be healthy. For us to place certain criteria on people in order to gain healthcare seems counter Christian to me.  Jesus, in our sacred text, does not ask if the individual was born with the condition. Jesus does not ask if the person can pay for the treatment needed. Jesus does not give preferential treatment to people who have more access to money. Jesus does not require a card as part of any club.  Jesus never says, "This is the last time." What Jesus teaches us as Christians, is to care for God's children. He meets individuals in difficult situations and does everything in his power to make lives better.
 
If we are to base our actions regarding healthcare on what our Christianity calls us to do, it would be to find ways to provide healthcare to all of God's children on an equal basis. There should be no difference for those who have pre-existing conditions, no difference for what anyone can afford, no difference by age, gender, race, or religion. Now I'm not naïve enough to think this can be done free, as Jesus did, but I do believe that costs can and should be shared.  We all pay taxes now to provide good healthcare for those who serve in the military and as public servants. Why can't we provide that same care for everyone?  It's a question that needs to be answered.
 
We will be providing opportunities soon for people to learn about how we as individuals can advocate for equal access to healthcare for all. I hope you will take time to learn more about how you can make your voice as a Christian heard by the legislators at the local, state, and national levels.
~ Eldonna Hazen
 

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm in Featured Content.

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