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Why I Believe Christians Should
Call For Healthcare Reforms
By John “Hai” Knapp
Many Christians are against healthcare reforms. The buzz words come up that it is “socialized medicine” and “we have the world’s best healthcare; why tamper with that?” Do we really have the world’s best health care for everybody? No, we are 37th, according to the World Health Organization. Yes, we have a system that works very well for the very rich. I find it incredible, a paradox, that Christians, who are supposed to care for the needy, can take a stand that they know will cut off their brothers in Christ. They take a stand for a system that practices denial for “pre-existing health issues,” a stand they know will cut out people who need care, a stand that will cut off those that are between jobs, too well off to qualify for Medicaid, but not well off enough to buy medical insurance.
The Bible says, “love your neighbor as yourself,” Leviticus 19:18, and Matthew 19:19. Furthermore, our Lord made it narrower, “I give a new commandment, love one another as I have loved you,” John 13:34. Any genuinely born again Christian could not stand the fact that their brothers in Christ cannot obtain needed medical insurance. What if you are sick a long time, not working, so you can’t keep up with the insurance premium? Cancer can also very easily use up your total lifetime insurance benefit; not to mention, insurance companies do cheat and deny claims; happens way more than just once.
I agree with the National Coordinator of Healthcare-NOW. She said she was reminded of the Biblical story when Jesus was so angry with the money-changers in the temple that he drove them out with a whip. “That’s how I feel about the insurance companies,” she said. “They must leave the healthcare system. They are stealing our money and our health.”
Please read Romans 13:1-7; we need to see our healthcare as a part of our public defense system; they are our military in the war against disease. We don’t pay deductible or co-pay to the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. Our taxes pay for this military, and should pay for our “healthcare military” also. This is a public defense issue. Some called it “socialized medicine.” What about our socialized police department? Isn’t this communism, too? Frankly, I am glad we have this little bit of communism, and I hope the police come if I am ever perpetrated. Socialized fire department? I’m glad we have this little bit of communism too. I hope they come if my house catches fire. Our healthcare is a police, a military, and a fire department, chasing the bad guys we know as diseases. Our public school, socialized education? I’m glad we have this little bit of communism, too. This little bit of communism has done much good regarding almost eliminating illiteracy. What Would Jesus Do?
The late Rev Larry Burkett of “Christian Financial Concepts” preached against it. He said that the church should provide the insurance for members that are unable to obtain it on their own. I see his idea in the ideal; but in reality, the churches mostly are unable to afford health insurance for members who can’t afford it on their own. The church needs to get the law changed to make health care affordable.
Most Christians are pro-life, meaning anti-abortion. I too believe abortion is wrong; however, my purpose for bringing this up isn’t to enforce my view to the pro-choice group, but to speak to the pro-life group. When somebody dies because they lack health insurance, that is an abortion too, every bit as much as suctioning the fetus out of a pregnant woman is. Every year 18,000 Americans die because they lack medical insurance. If you believe that abortion is wrong, IS IT ANY LESS WRONG TO END THE LIFE OF SOMEBODY THAT HAS BEEN BORN?
I am for a single-payer health care, like HR 676. I really believe AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE IS A RIGHT! It is time we claim it as a RIGHT! I believe the Bible does speak of universal healthcare. You may also find in Acts Fourth Chapter where believers shared their possessions to make sure nobody was in want.
John “Hai” Knapp is folk musician/singer/songwriter and activist for affordable health care for ALL and also a born-again Christian.
By Lenette Evans
Pastor Dan Miller is Pastor at First Assembly Of God Church in St. Joseph, Michigan. When he came to the Benton Harbor area 20 years ago, coming from Wahpeton, North Dakota, (where he was pastoring), his heart broke for the people of Benton Harbor and the community. His vision was to have a place in the community where people of all walks of life could come — white, Black, Hispanics, youth, homeless and poor people — to be able to pray for the needs of people and circumstances in our community, to reach those who are hurting, who suffer with alcohol, drug addictions, prostitution and abuse. When the church purchased the Fairplain Assembly Of God, at Broadway/Napier, it was a vision that Pastor Dan was about to see become a reality.
On June 16, 2008, THE LORD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER (formally the Fairplain Assembly Of God) opened its doors. It’s not about denomination but when people from different Christian fellowships can come together and PRAY!
There was a lot of preparation and planning in bringing God’s plan and purpose for the community together. There was a lot of hard work on Pastor Dan and Andrew Gackle’s part, meeting with church leaders in the community, contacting over 25 area churches, letting them know about the Lord’s House Of Prayer, involving different churches in the work and planning, meeting with Prayer Watch Leaders of people from various churches, and scheduling the hours of operation.
Community Prayer Watch times are Monday through Fridays at 6 – 8 a.m., 12 – 2 p.m., and 6 - 8p.m. Wednesdays from 12 - 2 p.m. is an Israel prayer Watch and Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m. is a Youth Prayer Watch.We encourage everyone to come out and visit and to truly be a part of this powerful prayer watch which is completely led by the anointing of the holy spirit and a Prayer Watch Leader. Bring friends, neighbors, churches, and others.
It’s about coming together and making a difference in a community that needs Jesus Christ. Prayer produces power, the power to heal and power to save. James 5:16 —“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Let’s all pray diligently, bringing hope and positive changes everyday to our community and winning the lost!
In Nashville, Tennessee, as well as Chicago, Kalamazoo and across the globe, we have people living on the streets who have nothing. Everytime people come together it is an opportunity to fight poverty. Won’t you be a part of the Prayer Watch?
Saving Souls Ministry
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