Does Jesus support universal healthcare?

I don't know. He hasn't told me. When he walked among us, he was the embodiment of universal health care. Crowds came to him sick and corwds went away from him healed. He hates sin and its effects on us, including illness and death. He also is concerned with soul care. He heals broken souls as well as broken bodies. He's even more concerned with souls because they are forever, but our bodies are limited. He says, Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28. The church has always been concerned for the sick and dying. Many American hospitals were started by religious conviction, and some are still supported denominationally. Healthcare is given away around the world by the church as well as in the U.S. For every WorldVision, there are a hundred tiny, single-location, church-sponsored outfits. I think, he does support universal health care, but not the way our country is talking about it.

I'm pretty sure he doesn't consider euthanasia or abortion "healthcare." If he made us, in his image, why would he support murder? If euthanasia was right, whither Mother Teresa, who held the dying in her arms, not injected them with poison. Who is better company at your death bed, Teresa of Kervorkian?

What would universal health care look like that Jesus would support? I'm sure it would look different in every community. In fact it does. One interesting Christian response to insurance is called Samaritan Ministries. There are others as well, like Medi-Share. Some missionaries are medically trained and perform their services for a pittance to the glory of Jesus. I think that's the universal health care Jesus wants, the kind that glorifies him, which no state care could ever do.
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Tony said…
Obama's health care bill does no impose abortion or euthanasia on anyone. That is a lie spread by the Republicans and the insurance companies.
John Umland said…
You are right. Abortion will not be imposed, as in China, but in the current bills it will be tax funded. Nor is euthanasia proposed as an imposition, however, I'm not sure how different it will be from people's experience in Oregon, who are denied cancer medication but offered suicide pills.
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