“Earlier this month,” says Zachary Roth in a report filed with Yahoo News, “a 59-year-old convenience store clerk, walked into a Gaston, N.C., bank and handed the cashier a note demanding $1 and medical attention. Then he waited calmly for police to show up.”

I came across this  news item in the modern repository of news highlights, the FaceBook News Feed.  (Because, seriously, what would we do in this day and age with Facebook and RSS feeds?)  A friend of mine posted the link and responded to the article by saying this:

[O]ur system is screwed up, because if you were a single lady having babies by different men you could get medicaid, food stamps, welfare checks. when what really needs to happen is they need to be made to find a job and tie them tubes. then when people like this man needs help there will some funds to help. EMERGENCY ROOM BILLS WILL RUIN YOUR CREDIT IF YOU CANT AFFORD TO PAY THEM.

The problem with that statement (as logical as it sounds) is this: It is one tiny step away from federal regulation of reproduction.  Read the history and see what people like Margaret Sanger thought about that (Planned Parenthood, Eugenics).  As I often quote, “America isn’t easy.  America is ADVANCED CITIZENSHIP.  You’ve got to want it BAD!”  We can’t allow for federal (or even state or local) regulation of personal liberties like this, because if the governments of this world have taught us nothing else, they have taught us that if the citizenry will give an inch, then the government will take the nation.  It may be (it is) ridiculous that a person in prison receives better health care than the average homeless citizen, but it is a mark of virtue in our society that we treat our prisoners as people.  It is sad that many in this nation have no health care, but that is a SYMPTOM issue and not one of causality.

Finally, yes, it is a bit of a travesty that a woman can do what my friend described said, and it is sad that people without health care feel forced into this position.  But rather than expecting the government to step in and do something, the better question for a Christian to ask is this: what is the Church doing to reach her so that she will stop relying on a system that, essentially, makes her a slave?  I liken it to the abortion issue.  I don’t understand why churches will stand in protest lines around an abortion clinic waving signs that say true things, but also, many times, very hurtful and accusatory things while AT THE SAME TIME providing no alternative for those walking into the clinics.

Stand up!  Be irate!  But “be angry and sin not.”  Look around and see those in your community that are caught up in the lies that have been told to them and show them the light of God’s truth.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
Or as the old Sunday School song put it…
This little light of mine?  I’m gonna let it shine!
Because, ultimately, if you’re in a deep, dark cavern, who cares if you say you have a light, if you refuse to use it to show the way out?
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