July 30, 2009

Health Care Reform

This is such a crazy complex issue.

There are so many uninsured, so many denied coverage and so many like me, who can afford great insurance, only to have preexisting conditions within my family be excluded from coverage.

Political views and fears aside, what should our priorities be in addressing this as a church? As believers?

Government may help, but what's the role of local churches in their communities?
Our church in Houston is wrestling with this and beginning to form a plan to engage now rather than waiting on others to serve those in need.

The document below helped in at least sparking conversation and outlining priorites for me.


www.sojo.net/action/alerts/health_care_toolkit.pdf


Thoughts? And not just thoughts on whether the bozos in the senate are gonna fix this -- more on how you and i can respond at home in our neighborhoods and cities.

Cheers,
Robbie

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree that much of the change needs to come from within the church family. But Sojourners is more about using the Church to change the government. Keeping the government small and out of our lives is more of my goal. Continue to find ways to help the Church help the people, but take a few minutes to research Sojourners before you jump on board.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7018

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=92833

and listen to the audio from April 4 on the page below... about Jim Walis, President of Sojourners.

http://thechristianworldview.com/tcwblog/index.php?s=sojourners]

I'm thinking wolves in sheep's clothing ...

On another front, encourage our President to not do away with the Charitable Tax Deductions .... it makes no sense to penalize people for wanting to help other people.

bigwalnutfly said...

Here is my 2 cents. I am a leader in my church and my thoughts are these: 1st the church needs to take the responsibility to encourage health ... by that I mean what are our activities pot lucks and ice cream socials or are they "active" activities, do we encourage good choices when we give food to those in need? 2nd shouldn't the church work on providing a basic "clinic" type enviroment to meet the basic needs of the community (Neighborhood Fellowship in Indy partnered with the IU School of Medicine and Butler School of pharma to do a basic clinic once a week. 3rd We as the church needs to break free of the government dollars and teach our people to give and give sacrifically not just enough to ease their mind. And this is just the start times are changing and we need to be ready for the battle to start. We are looking forward to seeing you in South Bend Saturday. Serving I AM Cory Z

Jason Phelps | Houston, TX said...

I, too, wrestle with this quite a bit. My now ex-wife has been plagued with chronic illnesses, but fortunately has always had health insurance. However, our 6-year journey together was tough... tough dealing with insurance companies, bills, un-covered/denied procedures.

I truly believe that something needs to be done with health care. I am torn between the national deficit, extreme right wingers who condemn and blacklist anyone who wants reform. As a Christian-leader, I seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place with no easy answer.

All I can say is that I'm along for a ride, hope the reform will be great, and despite all circumstances help others experience Jesus.

Michelle said...

Hey, Robbie.
As a nurse with almost 20 years in healtcare, case management, insurance counsiling, etc; I HATE the concept of the government being responsible for health care. It's not their job; it's ours. I think it's VERY clear; Acts 2:42-47
couldn't be much clearer in my mind: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all of the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
To me, this means the church should be handling this; NOT the government.

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