Roadside assistance

August 23, 2009 

Ironically, many pundits and political leaders who are vocal in their support for returning our country to its Christian values are equally vocal in their opposition to providing health care for all. Arguably, until the current health-care reform legislation we have had no legislation in the United States, since the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, that so embodies the Christian principle of loving others as you love yourself.

Perhaps the Scripture that most clearly shows this is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. There, Jesus explains how an injured man lies alongside a road and people pass him by until a Samaritan, moved by compassion, comes by and helps the man fully recover.

Currently, we have nearly 75 million people lying alongside the road of life with not enough health insurance to help them when they become sick or injured. Health-care reform reminds us that we must no longer let others lie there with inadequate health insurance. The moral cost of doing nothing is greater then the financial cost of letting the moral imperative of loving one another as we love ourselves lead us to provide affordable, quality health care for all.

Glenn Silver


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