Shuck and Jive

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Health Care Creed

Thanks to Arkansas Hillbilly for posting this Health Care Creed:

As one of God's children, I believe that protecting the health of each human being is a profoundly important personal and communal responsibility for people of faith.

I believe God created each person in the divine image to be spiritually and physically healthy. I feel the pain of sickness and disease in our broken world (Genesis 1:27, Romans 8:22).

I believe life and healing are core tenets of the Christian life. Christ's ministry included physical healing, and we are called to participate in God's new creation as instruments of healing and redemption (Matthew 4:23, Luke 9:1-6; Mark 7:32-35, Acts 10:38). Our nation should strive to ensure all people have access to life-giving treatments and care.

I believe, as taught by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus, that the measure of a society is seen in how it treats the most vulnerable. The current discussion about health-care reform is important for the United States to move toward a more just system of providing care to all people (Isaiah 1:16-17, Jeremiah 7:5-7, Matthew 25:31-45).

I believe that all people have a moral obligation to tell the truth. To serve the common good of our entire nation, all parties debating reform should tell the truth and refrain from distorting facts or using fear-based messaging (Leviticus 19:11; Ephesians 4:14-15, 25; Proverbs 6:16-19).

I believe that Christians should seek to bring health and well-being (shalom) to the society into which God has placed us, for a healthy society benefits all members (Jeremiah 29:7).

I believe in a time when all will live long and healthy lives, from infancy to old age (Isaiah 65:20), and "mourning and crying and pain will be no more" (Revelation 21:4). My heart breaks for my brothers and sisters who watch their loved ones suffer, or who suffer themselves, because they cannot afford a trip to the doctor. I stand with them in their suffering.

I believe health-care reform must rest on a foundation of values that affirm each and every life as a sacred gift from the Creator (Genesis 2:7).


From Sojourners.


  1. That's a good one! H/T to Jim Wallace.

    It's not just the poor who are suffering. The bullet points belwo are from a peer-reviewed article that appears in "The American Journal of Medicine," Vol 122, No 8, August 2009, pp. 741-746.
    The title of the article is: "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study"

    ● 62.1% of all bankruptcies have a medical cause.
    ● Most medical debtors were well educated and middle class; three quarters had health insurance.
    ● The share of bankruptcies attributable to medical problems rose by 50% between 2001 and 2007.

  2. H/T to Fr. Jake, whom I pinched it from... :)

    Still no baby yet...

  3. Thanks for that important info, David.

    Thanks for pinching, Hillbilly! We need more pinching!