Universal Health Care (UHC) has become a big topic of conversation among the peoples of the United States. Some individuals are for and some are against legislation that would possibly make the government the largest health care provider in U.S. I’ve heard arguments for and against, but the thing I wish to address here is the statement that all Christians should be in favor of UHC. I’ve heard this a couple of times during the debating of UHC.
The question is should all Christians support Universal Health Care?
I will not response for all Christians, but I, as a Christian will answer for myself. I believe Christians should not be in favor of a government-run health care system.
Why? Because, they should support the Universal Health Care system that is currently in place and is operated by Jesus the Christ and overseen by Jehovah Rapha. In the following Scriptures we can see the beginning stages of my prefered UHC system.
Matthew 4:24 “And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.“
Matthew 12:15 “But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all“
Matthew 19:2 “And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.”
Luke 4:40 “Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.”
Luke 9:11 “And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.”
There is no evidence in the Scripture that Jesus refused to provide healing (healthcare) to anyone that came to Him seeking such. Has the time of healing and miracles has passed away? Not at all. Jesus knew He would be leaving the earth and after His resurrection He told us in…
Mark 16:15-18 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
He left His UHC system in the hands of His followers and we can see by the following Scriptures that it continued to work. People getting healed through the teaching and preaching of Apostles (Peter and Paul) and table waiters (Philip).
Acts 5:12-16 “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.”
Acts 14:8-10 “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.”
Acts 8:5-7 “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.”
These Scriptures have a couple of things in common. One is that preaching took place. Jesus preached the Kingdom of God and repentance. The Apostles and Philip preached Christ and what Christ preached. The other is that the people followed or came to the individuals involved and heard their preaching and believed. The healings we see in the Gospels and the Book of Acts should be happening today. Why? We should be preaching what Jesus has done for the world by becoming the sacrifice for all sin.
Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Psalm 107:20 “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
When Christ is preached and people hear and believe, healing is a natural occurence.
What Jesus did for us should not be taken for granted.
It should be preached.
It should be heard.
It should be believed.