A pastoral letter on the expansion of wicked oppression through nationalized health care...
"For every Baby Doe, there will be ten-thousand Grandma and Grandpa Does." -C. Everett Koop
"Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched? (Proverbs 6:27, 28).
"The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice. ...The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they refuse to act with justice." (Proverbs 21:1-3,7)
(Tim) If the heart of the king is a river directed by the hand of God, much more so the hearts of the men leading our nation in Congress and the Senate. And despite the conniving claims of Emergelicals that Jesus would be for the nationalization of health care, I've been to Jerusalem and seen what turning one-sixth of the economy of these United States inevitably will produce.
My brother, David, and Pastor Curell and Doug Ummel and Joel Belz and Paul Fratiani and lots of others with your scribe were there five years ago in Pinellas Park, Florida, when our civil servants murdered Terry Schiavo. We saw it with our own eyes and we know the rule of law is gone in these United States. The civil magistrate has become the predator and he devours the lives of the weak and innocent and oppressed.
Make no mistake about it: there are many nice things about nationalized health care that will make it go down smoothly. I have a dear relative who finally will be able to get coverage without his serious pre-existing conditions ruling him out...
That will almost give me joy. But long term, those with his pre-existing conditions, as well as a host of others, will be left to die as our wicked public servants who already connive at the wholesale slaughter of millions of unborn children are freed up to connive at the starvation, dehydration, and active murder of many others who are feeble, defective, or unproductive members of our not-great society.
It's as obvious as the nose on the end of my face what the government will do with the weak and innocent among us when it comes to cost benefit calculations and the approval and disapproval of feeding tubes, the dosage level of morphine drips, and the authorization of costly life-saving procedures. Any believer who claims not to see where we're headed has cultivated the very naiveté the book of Proverbs condemns as sin.
So yes, as a teaching elder set apart by the laying on of hands and prayer to the work of proclaiming God's Law and Gospel, I call believers to oppose the nationalization of health care. Let us also go to prayer, asking God to have mercy on our nation lest oppression of those born become even more prevalent than the wicked oppression of the unborn we've all become inured to since 1973.
The people of God always use their hands and voices and money to serve the poor and oppressed because in serving them we serve our Lord Jesus Christ. There are many reasons for principled men committed to the rule of law of the Constitution of these United States to oppose the nationalization of health care, but the principal one causing Christians to oppose it is our love for the weak and oppressed.
We believe the care of the sick and dying should not be handled by our merciless and cruel civil magistrates who have already proven their wickedness in the slaughter of tens of millions unborn and newborn babies.