MDJ columnist Kevin Foley is twisting Scripture to fit his political narrative. In his Oct. 25 column, he attacks Christian leaders for not supporting the expansion of government health care programs. His erroneous argument — which is a favorite of the left — is that Christians should support these programs because they carry out Jesus’ command to take care of the poor and sick.
While this may be the liberal view of taking care of “the least of these,” I believe Jesus had something very different in mind when He gave us that command. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor. That does not mean to send our money to a bloated and impersonal bureaucracy and hope for the best. It means that when we encounter someone in need WE, as individuals, invest our personal time and money in that person developing a personal relationship so we can help that person where they need it the most.
Large government programs tend to work in the opposite direction — they make us complacent about the plight of the sick and the poor because we rationalize that we “gave at the office” (i.e., via taxes) and so we don’t do that which may be uncomfortable for us, yet the very thing Jesus most wanted us to do — personally invest ourselves with the most needy in our society.
Yes, we as Christians need to do more to take care of the sick and the poor. And our Christian leaders need to be very vocal about our need to do so. Jesus commands us to love our neighbor, not to love programs that cannot do anywhere near as much for someone as our personal involvement with them can.