Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars (1 John 4: 20)
Those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also (1 John 4: 21)
Two weeks ago our neighbor ended up in the hospital.
Hugo is 17.
His kidneys no longer work.
He waited to go to the hospital.
His family has no health insurance.
Preventative care is expensive.
It is easier to ignore the early signs of a serious condition.
It saves money.
One more thing: not everyone in Hugo’s family has proper documentation.
I am not sure about Hugo’s status.
Going to the hospital can be scary.
What if someone finds out that there are documentation issues?
When I listen to the debate on health care in our country, I am not a neutral listener.
Is it even possible to be both a Christian and a supporter of our private health care system?
I have my doubts.
The Christian faith has to be about “us” not “me”
For God so loved the world (John 3:16) – that’s a pretty inclusive statement.
When our faith excludes, it becomes something less than “Christian.”
If “Christian” is the term we use to describe ourselves, exclusion ceases to be an option.
Our faith does not stop at any border.
Illegal and unworthy are never options.
In this debate, fear is an ever present reality.
It takes courage to move past our fears.
It is time for Christians to do the right thing.