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Health Care: What Would Jesus Do?

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As the debate over American health care reform continues to intensify, let us not forget that ever-popular, transcendent question: What would Jesus do?

Would He do any and everything in His power to provide a basic humanitarian service to the underprivileged, the poor, the sick, regardless of the costs? Or, eschewing charity (including government assistance), would He, for instance, yell “Heil Hitler!” at those who favor providing for the uninsured?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVS4Zg... (WARNING: This video may shatter your faith in human decency)

Some people claim the United States is a Christian nation. If we live in a Christian nation, then we should follow the teachings and actions of Christ. So ask yourself, what would He do?

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Ronda Miller 5 years, 3 months ago

I think he would pray for the injured and uninsured, perhaps lay a healing hand on them. Jesus tends to get personal.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 3 months ago

Who would Jesus throw a Godwin flag on?

sinverguenza 5 years, 3 months ago

Holy crap batman. I wish I hadn't watched that video.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

WFG, all, I mean all, of the examples of Jesus involved with health issues show Jesus calling people to personal involvement, as in: the woman with an issue of blood; the good Samaritan; the lame sinner who was lifted down from the roof to bypass the crowds, etc.
jesus said "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and render unto God that which is God's.
confiscatory taxes are never approved in the Bible. the most ever referenced was the ancient Hebrews, who paid about 33.333% in taxes as a kind of income tax. if you had a crop, then 33 and a third went to various places. you had to leave some in the field for gleaners. you were not required to pick and handout that crop to those who didn't work.

in the case of the good Samaritan, the assistance rendered was entirely voluntary. in part, that was possible because government wasn't taking a massive amount of money, and the Samaritan had money to give. he also was a personal caregiver too. but nobody told him to do these things.

if you want to quote the Bible, please be more familiar with its contents. Paul wrote that "he that will not work will not eat." that's new testament, btw.

jesus said in the beatitudes about giving a cup of cold water, feeding when hungry, visiting in prison, etc. no where does he say you should have government do these things for you. no where does he say you should be compassionate with other people's money.

Sorry WFG. your blog is a very shallow attempt to indict christians displaying your own ignorance of the Bible.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

please also note that unlike BEAtnick poster above, I have not criticized the quality of your blog (her hypocrisy) or your right to post this.
you have the right to post it, just as I have the right to criticize it.

you are however, falling into the mistake of many on the left in trying to demonize your fellow citizens for simply speaking their opinions at townhalls.
did you also criticize the far more numerous far left fringies who: believe Bush was behind the WTC attack; threw blood and shouted "NAZI" at Bush/Cheney and supporters; did you criticize democrat leaders for calling us who oppose the health care scandal as evilmongers, NAZIs, KKK members/racists, etc.????

oh I didn't think so. again, your blog fails as a very shallow, weak, attempt to smear the opposition.

if you want to use the Bible as a weapon, your certainly not treating the Bible as it is intended.
Jesus said "you will know them by their fruit."

Paul Decelles 5 years, 3 months ago

Gnome,

Me thinks there is plenty of demonization going around here. As for the town hall stuff speaking opinions is different than being disruptive. As for calling people racist I assume you are talking about the Jenkins flap, certainly there is lots of that coming from the RIght or are selectively filtering the news?

So if you are going to complain about demonization then maybe you ought to look a bit closer to your political home base, as perhaps we all should.

Not every one on the left buys into the hyperbole of the extreme.

Ya thunk?

Regards,

Paul..no fan of demonization from the left OR the right. Now as for this person's blog fire away... figuratively speaking of course.

beatrice 5 years, 3 months ago

I love that someone like bearded who constantly calls people repugnant names like "Demonrats" is going to preach to anyone about demonizing others! That is just too rich for words!

Yes Marion, while this blog does not resort to any form of race-baiting, it is a real blog.

Paul Decelles 5 years, 3 months ago

Well, that sort of thing is why the town hall format is a bad idea. It gives people the illusion of "voicing their opinion" but really all they are doing is venting their emotions and that venting ripples out and affects what ought to be a dialogue about health care.

The woman's behavior was completely disgusting and I would hope when she came down from her emotional high she felt embarrassed. Unfortunately given the tenor of the conversation she will merely slide into more attempts to demonize her opponents. And people on the other side will do the same.

As for Jesus, were it not for the Resurrection, I bet he would rolling in his grave right now about the sordid mess.

blackwalnut 5 years, 3 months ago

Lynn Jenkins town hall

Dole Institute of Politics on Petefish Drive

Tuesday September 1, 4:00 p.m.

jonas_opines 5 years, 3 months ago

And Jesus sayeth:

Clean a leper's sores, you help him for a day. Teach a leper to clean his own sores, he'll survive on his own until some superstitious, fearful crowd stones him to death.

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