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C. Aaron Russell

In one of the world's wealthiest nations, with the best trained physicians and well equipped healthcare facilities available anywhere, would doctors and hospitals really refuse to save a person with a life threatening condition? Aren't there social programs such as Medicaid, and government hospitals designed to treat the poor, suffering and in need, that can't afford private care? How much is the Church doing to help? Are Christian institutions (churches and denominational hospitals) spending much of its budget on mercy projects, or is almost all of it reserved for bigger salaries, buildings and stained glass windows?

It's a shameful secret in the U.S. that's been a reality for some time, long before Obamacare, which is proving to be no help either and a bureaucratic nightmare, that the sick and poor in America are often ignored. The government healthcare policy for the needy has largely been "out of sight, out of mind" as many that enter hospitals with serious medical conditions, needing treatment and surgery, are given a few pain killers and sent on their way to suffer or die in anonymity.

The division between 'Healthcare' and 'Wealthcare' is widening and more apparent than ever. Only those with costly medical insurance or available means are able to seek treatment and care, and given respect, dignity and compassion in the process. There are many with much in this life that can't or won't identify with those in need, preferring to stereotype and label the poor as lazy, abusing the system, or self-responsible for their plight and reaping what they sow.

It's a convenient doctrine, to believe that those who are blessed, are so because they deserve it by creating their own good fortune through the strength of their own hands, intelligence and worthy deeds. Meanwhile, the indigent must have done something wrong or be unwilling to help themselves, to be in such a desperate position. Scripture teaches the sun rises on both the evil and the good, and it rains on the just and unjust (Matt. 5:45). If we ignore the suffering, or begin to think of the needy, the elderly, widows and orphans as burdens, that are not the responsibility of the rest of society to be cared for, then we as individuals and a nation will be reminded in our own time of need;

"Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, will also cry himself and not be heard" (Proverbs 21:13).

C. Aaron Russell — writer, missionary, speaker at Men of Mind, and author of Lessons In Faith—learned the hard way.

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