Thursday, March 12, 2009

How are we treating the sick?

What is true in politics? What is real? I ask these questions in the wake of watching Michael Moore's documentary Sicko. In this film Moore takes a look at America's health care system in comparison to the health care in other nations. My only response is "WHAT IN THE WORLD?" Believe me I know that this film is from one man's perspective, so to speak, but what are we doing in America? Why are people being turned away, in life and death situations, simply because their HMO won't cover the costs?! Or going into bankruptcy simply because they needed surgery. It seems completely twisted and laden with greed. It is all about money. From insurance companies to the drug industry to Capitol Hill (no offense to anyone working in these institutes), but it appears that the desire for more is the primary motivator.

I am not becoming an advocate of everything from Michael Moore. But this was eye opening. And though my husband and I jokingly finished the movie by saying, "We are moving to France!" the underlying reality is what really sickens my spirit.

Our country was established on Christian principles: love, respect, freedom. But this freedom has given way to greed out of control. Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." Money is not evil. But the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Greed consumes. Is this really where we have come as a nation? For more money, we as a nation would heap debt upon debt to the sick and dying, or worse, not even help those who are not "covered." Oh Lord, forgive us.

Government policy is not the ultimate answer. God is bigger than government. Government policy could possibly relieve some of the money stress our nation has incurred, but ultimately revival in the hearts of the people is what will change this nation.

The book of Proverbs exhorts us to seek wisdom from God. His ways are true; and His truth brings life. Chapter 3 verses 7-8 say "Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones." This world is fallen. Sickness will come. But I believe God's promises to be true. If we walk in obedience in our moments, choosing to submit to the Lord, then it will bring physical health. It doesn't mean you will never get sick, but I believe His Word teaches that you will avoid many ailments simply by obeying.

Think about it, if you take care of your body by what you eat and how you exercise, then you will most often avoid obesity which is the root cause of so many physical problems. If you don't smoke then you will better avoid lung cancer and emphysema. I know there are exceptions. Again, our world is fallen and sadly even children get terminally ill.

Thankfully as a child of God we are not at the mercy of the health care system or even the sicknesses of our day. You very well may be affected individually by the corruption. But remember, as a son or daughter of God, nothing can happen to you that hasn't first passed through His loving hands. Seek Him with all your heart. Obey His Word. He is waiting and wants to be your provision.

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1 comment:

Julie Forman said...

Right on!!! Dave and I watched that last year and had the same reaction.

You should check out the conference Dave went to a couple weeks ago. It speaks to exactly what you are talking about with the truth of the Word. Go to then click on Conferences at the top middle, then on "Watch Online Conference" on the bottom right. They go in sequential order and 30 minutes each.

Fascinating stuff that has Dave and I taking a whole new perspective on health, healing, reconciliation and fighting the enemy.

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