Money money money money

I’d like to pick up from one point that Michael Slaughter made Friday:

If it isn’t good news for the poor, it isn’t good news

This point went nearly unnoticed in my post yesterday, but it reminded me of something I posted a little under a month ago under the heading of  “THE Christian view on Health Care in America?” In this post I claimed simply that, for Christians, the question is: “Does my neighbor have reasonable access to adequate health care?”

Though this post garnered no comments here, it set off an explosion over at Facebook.  Though I made absolutely no mention of money, some people inferred that my contention meant that I was suggesting that they ought to pay for everyone else’s health care.

If Slaughter is right that if it isn’t good news for the poor, it isn’t good news, (and he is) what are the implications for Christians, both with regard to health care and to many other issues?

Is it all about money?  Is it always all about money?  If Jesus indeed said more about money than he did about heaven and hell; what does this mean for us?

4 thoughts on “Money money money money

  1. Hey,

    I like the post here. I truly believe in the statement, “If isn’t good news for the poor, it isn’t good news.” I think that as Christians maybe we can find a third way for health care. First, we need to look at what is considered the basic health care right of every individual. Is it every procedure or is it access to basic health care needs? Second we need to educate in prevention (for example diet, exercise, smoking) and perhaps those who live in an unhealthy manner have to pay more for health care or if it is a national system, they have higher taxes. That would be incentive to exercise and eat right! I am thinking we could offer a basic needs that would be available to all and then there would be tiers that people could buy into. Just a thought!

  2. thinking a while on this one…and i believe that my answer to your first two questions are “yes” and “yes.” the predominant current economic system that most of our global economies function out of is predicated upon the idea of supply and demand. until that changes, it is difficult to fathom a world where no one is in need when need seems to be the element that keeps the money flowing. so yes, it is all about money and yes, until free market capatilism fades away, it may always be about money.

    it seems that this fact contributes to the issues that freak people out about everyone having health care. the predominant issues as i see them are:

    1. if we provide everyone with health care, then no one will need health care. if there is no need, where will health insurance companies and pharmacuetical companies make their money?

    2. where is this money going to come from? if we have to pay for it we won’t have money to buy stuff. we need stuff like billion dollare football stadiums and family life centers so we need money.

    3. if we question the validity of our economic system we seek to undermine the common good.

    it seems Jesus covered these two issues and issues like them pretty well with statements like:

    1. do not store up treasures for yourself where moth and rust can consume but store up treasure in heaven.

    2. if you truly wish to follow me, give up all that consumes you.

    3. concentrate on feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, comforting the sick and in prison, and providing water to those who are thirsty.

    4. do not worry about anything, God will provide; just check out the lillies and the birds.

    5. all that we hold fast to will one day pass away to reveal something more in line with what God has planned.

    6. he pulled a coin out of a fish’s mouth. not sure how this ties in but tells me Jesus wasn’t too concerned about where his coin coming from and neither should we.

    maybe if we (and i include myself in that we) aligned what we believe and who we believe Jesus to be with our attitude about money, we might have some impact on the way things are….i think Jesus said something about that too. then we wouldn’t be worried about how to provide health care, eradicate poverty, and end hunger.

  3. I believe that we are all poor. We are all poor in spirit and poor in the things of God. I tend to think that we must seperate true wealth from monetary wealth at the outset. I often believe Jesus has a different ‘economic system’ altogether because it is not about economics at all.
    That being said, I tend to agree with what David is talking about here. We need to find ways in which all people have access to basic health care. As soon as that statement is made the next question is what is included in ‘basic.’ I don’t know that I have a great clear cut definition of that.
    I do believe that health care should be cheaper in this country and that there are several reforms that we should all be able to agree upon. I believe I see one of Kyle’s objections in a different light. I believe the ‘if everyone is covered, then no one gets health care’ is not about money, but about supply. Currently, many people with great insurance (I include myself in this group) can have to wait 6 to 12 months to see the type of doctor they need to see for their illness. In my case, it was waiting that long to get an appointment with an rheumatoligist. This has happened in 2 of the 3 places I have lived since needing treatment for my arthritis.
    If more people have access to the doctors, then there needs to be some plan to increase supply of health care itself.
    I believe that we need to be promoting people to go into health care fields. We need to encourage more nurse pracitioners to see patients. We need a more stream lined process of patient care in general.
    There are many many problems with our system, and there are systemic ways in which we need solutions.
    Personally, I see both the Republicans and the Democrats as playing politics with the matter and that neither one is truly interested in fixing health care as they are in gaining power and winning elections.

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