There was a certain selfish, rich Republican who was splendidly clothed in Armani suits and Black Label underwear and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores and no hope of affordable health care. As Lazarus lay there longing for just a few scraps from the rich man’s health care portfolio, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. But the rich Republican said, "If we give in to Lazarus' needs and provide health care for him, we might have to go back to wearing Dolce and Gabbana suits and Flint and Tinder underwear. The country just can't afford it."
Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and he went to hell. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’
“But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing, and you even refused him access to minimal health care. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish. And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there.’
“Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my political party. For I have Republican brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’ “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your Republican brothers can read what they wrote.’
“The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’ “But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.’”
(adapted from Luke 16:19-31 Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.)