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Reach out to those in need
August 24, 2009
by Pastor Matthew Sipe, Delano United Methodist Church

Have people in Delano ever worried about health care?

I have the luxury of never worrying about whether my daughter is going to get the health care treatment she needs. We can travel to Buffalo, Plymouth, Waconia, or even visit the clinic in Delano to find services that are quick and reputable.

I am a white, middle-class professional with benefits, and I just do not have to worry about health care. But how short-sighted I would be if I stopped right there.

When President Obama said, “we are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women, and children,” it jolted me from my narcissistic position and caused me to think of the needs of others – 46 million others!

As a Christian, God is calling me to love my neighbors and reach out to them in the same ways I am called to love God.

Jesus gave us sharp words of who would inherit the kingdom of God, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

Christians are the doers of God’s love, and Jesus encourages us to welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit those in prison. It is in these actions that we extend Christ’s hands into a hurting world, longing for love and redemption.

Health care reform is fraught with many hurdles. There are not enough doctors, malpractice insurance costs are astronomical, and questions abound on who pays for what, who makes decisions on coverage, etc. The plan currently being debated might not be the answer, but we should be ashamed to call ourselves Christians if we do not want to think of others and their health care needs.

The government might not be the answer to health care reform, but I would like to see how we can all extend Christ’s hands into a hurting world to care for those who are sick.

Health care reform is needed, and we can do our part by reaching out to those who need care.