Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On the Christian Right's opposition to healthcare

"Evangelical" does not mean the same thing in other parts of the world that it means in the US.  Here, Evanglicals are entwined deeply with the right wing of the Republican party.  This leads them to behave in ways that their fellow Evanglicals abroad simply cannot fathom.  Like oppose healthcare for the poor.  English Evangelical NT Wright has scolded the Americans for this, which has led to many electrons going back and forth.

And it's not just NT Wright.

Michael Bird writes on Patheos,
I want to challenge my American evangelicals friends to consider whether your views of healthcare are truly biblical, and to consider whether you have been blinded by a culture of hyper-individualism, economic rationalism, placing faith in market forces. Because to outsiders the anti-Obamacare thing looks like “civil religion,” a syncretistic concoction of Christian teaching, Republican partisanship, capitalistic-worship, and  social darwinianism with its mantra of the survival of the fittest. Let me add that much quoted phrases like “God helps those who help themselves” and “Don’t tread on me” are not found in Scripture. Do you know what is found in Scripture, “love justice” and “do kindness” (Mic 6:8), “remember the poor” (Gal 2:10), “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise” (Luke 3:11), and words I recently read in 2 Corinthians just yesterday, “At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: ‘The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little’” (2 Cor 8:14-15; Exod 16:18).

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