By: Chris Faulknor, Publisher
Who would Jesus deny health care to?
In the ‘90s, I remember the WWJD bracelets.
“What would Jesus do,” they asked.
They came in various colors, shapes and sizes, and they all raised the same thought provoking question: “What would Jesus do?”
Offshoots came from that, as with any trend.
Some politicians brought up arguments, the punchline basically implying that Jesus would agree with their position if he were indeed standing in the shadows watching.
I even remember a shirt someone wore in high school that read, “WWJD for a Klondike Bar.”
But I’m asking for real: “Who would Jesus deny health care to?”
I feel comfortable saying “for real,” because the question is answered in the Bible more than once.
Four times, in fact, is it revealed who Jesus denied health care to.
My first example today comes from the gospel of Matthew: “That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.”
I found that last part inspiring—”and healed all who were sick and had their insurance cards.”
Wait a second, did I get that wrong?
Another fine example from Matthew: “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”
Here is another show of Jesus healing every disease that has been assigned an ICD code and is “billable” by Medicare.
Luke, a physician himself, wrote this account, “When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.”
I could keep going, because there are more examples.
I could not, however, find a single one in which Jesus worried about specific payment, and most especially couldn’t find one where Jesus refused to help somebody in need.
So I ask one more time: “Who would Jesus deny health care to?”
We’re calling ourselves the body of Christ, and certainly we try to be more like him.
Sadly though, this practice often ends when it’s a “him or me” situation.
so, what would Jesus do?