Faith & Health Care


That’s what Christians might be thinking when they read that famous passage from Second Corinthians in which the Apostle Paul writes that from now on we regard no one, literally, “according to the flesh” – or, as it is normally translated, “a human point of view.”

As our national health care debate drags on with no clear end in sight, it is possible to take heart at meaningful reforms within Cook County government.

Health care legislation has finally reached the Senate for action. It's
been a long wait, since the relevant committees in the House of Representative
took their action quite a while back.
And now, of course, the issue comes down to money. Who is going to
pay? And how much?

Peoria, IL: The Campaign for Better Health Care is sponsoring interfaith breakfasts across Illinois, and they’re starting in Peoria! Join in the discussion of the moral imperative for health care reform, ways to involve the faith community, and information on upcoming actions and events. The breakfast will take place at the Peoria Public Library from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. This event is free and open to anyone who is interested, but an RSVP is required.

Virtually everyone agrees that the health care system in this country is broken. Health care costs have risen 4 times faster than wages in recent years. About 47 million people in the U.S. do not have health insurance. The underinsured comprise an even larger number. Health care costs are the biggest driver of the federal deficit.

Reading the pep talk at the end of the Letter to the Ephesians, one could get the impression that the Christian game plan is all defense.

The writer (or writers) of this Epistle, penned in the name of the Apostle Paul, tells members of the Company of Christ that they should put on the “whole _armor_ of God” and then adds “so that you may be able _to stand against_ the wiles of the devil.”

Sounds like a defensive strategy to me.

Scenario #1: Your husband of forty years has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The doctor reports that the protocol would normally be surgery to remove the tumor, followed by a series of chemotherapy treatments over a period of four months. However, the doctor says, your spouse is ineligible for the treatment because he is sixty-seven years old.

The Psalmist
covers most but not all of the possibilities.

In praise
of God’s wisdom and power, the Psalmist says that when God chooses to
hide God’s face the creatures of the earth “are dismayed,” and when
God chooses to “take away their breath they die and return to their


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