Reflections on how Christians help each other to grow and mature in loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Join the John 10:10 Challenge

As Christians and as United Methodists we have a moral obligation to be involved in the struggle for universal health care for the people of the United States. This is a way for the UMC to show its true Wesleyan spirit. John Wesley believed that God is concerned for the souls and the bodies of all people. Salvation is for the whole person. Sanctification is a process of spiritual and physical healing restoring each person, society, and creation to wholeness; to become fully the people and world that God created us to be.

To that end Wesley published his Primitive Physic to provide the poor with simple, home remedies for common ailments. He also established free medical clinics for the poor. Wesley believed that all people should have access to health care. Health care ought not be a commodity that is bought and sold, available only to those who have the ability to pay.

I invite you to join the John 10:10 challenge. Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." Let's bring good news to the poor who are uninsured and under-insured.