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Evangelicals and Obamacare.

30 June 2012

I just read an excellent piece by an evangelical Australian New Testament scholar. He is puzzling, as I have, about why it is that so many evangelical Christians imagine that there is some Biblical or theological reason to bitterly oppose universal healthcare. The article begins this way:

“I have to confess to always being perplexed not only by American opposition to universal healthcare, but to opposition to universal healthcare by evangelicals on purportedly theological grounds. I was simultaneously amused and confused by the image on TV of two pastors prostrating themselves before the Supreme Court and praying that Obamacare would be thrown out. Did they really think that God would be opposed to everyone in America having access to healthcare (even if legally required to purchase it)? I thought Jesus went around healing the sick, the blind, and the lame … for free? Didn’t Christians set up the first hospitals in the world? Has anyone heard of the Leprosy Mission and the work they do around the world without asking for a person’s insurance number? So the question is why the opposition to universal healthcare and why is the conservative evangelical constituency among the most vocal in opposition to it?”

You can read the rest here.

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