The End of the Messianic State (VII)

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; declare among the peoples His deeds. For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted (Ps.9:11-12).

In every place, the Bible teaches personal responsibility as being normative and proper. This means that the modern notions of Public Health are totally at variance with scripture. Public Health really means public irresponsibility. The person who has too much to drink, falls down and bangs their head on a steel railing, is carted off to hospital and has stitches inserted, and doesn’t have to pay a cent for the cost of their care, knows the system is set up to permit him to behave foolishly.

And does he care? Only if he has a godly conscience. This is why Public Health is inherently immoral: it is institutionalised theft from taxpayers that subsidises foolish behaviour, along with Departmental waste and political corruption. Consider this Australian example:

Foreign students and backpackers are adding to queues in public ­hospitals and leaving unpaid bills of tens of millions of dollars each year.[1]

And much worse. Where does a girl or young woman go if she wants an abortion? Why a Department of Health hospital, or an abortion clinic, of course. Baby murdered, abortionist paid from the public purse-all done. Next, please. It will be to the glory of God when it stops.

Somehow or other, that Department of Health sign outside, seems to be strangely inappropriate: an institution that’s very happy to shed the blood of the innocent, and bill the taxpayer. That’s what happens in a Welfare State; it becomes predictable, because the Bible says, “…the compassion of the wicked is cruel” (Prov.12:10).

Consider this Biblical command:

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbour, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” when you have it with you” (Prov.3:27-28).

People have always needed health care. The office of the nurse and the mid-wife originate in Genesis (Gen.35:8, 17), and so these roles (and many other health roles) are important functions in any community. Jesus said, “…It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick…” (Mk.2:17). But all forms of health care have no Biblical legitimacy unless they are performing a private function.

Thus, the pregnant woman who wants medical services, such as a hospital or mid-wife will seek out that service, etc. In a free country, she can. And, in a free country, you want? You pay.

If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (I Tim.5:8).

This means huge change, and this is difficult to initiate, until Christian individuals, families and churches begin to act. And this is true: you cannot replace something with nothing. But the savings that will ultimately accrue to taxpayers through the sale of all public assets like Departments and hospitals, will be startling. In Australia, seven Departments of Health, masses of hospitals-gone from the public purse. Hooray!

All of this requires a massive change of attitude in the community, beginning with Christians, Christian institutions, and the church, along with the willingness to begin taking steps for change. The whole process may take a long time. And it means a growth in Christian assets, hospitals, clinics and other forms of privatised health care. Christians have to begin to say, much more than they have done up till now, “We can do this. We will do this.”

And it isn’t supposed to be free, because health care costs money. But it must be ethical, moral and professional.

Now some may say, “How do the poor people get medical care?” Doctors have always found ways and means of caring for the poor, and when people have to pay for all their services, it tends to encourage them to be more careful and responsible: that’s a good thing.

Will there be lots more problems? Of course, there are always problems with changes, some of those being manufactured ones:

What? All these problems? Who do these reconstructionist Christians think they are? Changing everything! Now, we’re going to have to…take personal responsibility for our health! How shocking!

Conclusion:

The time for sitting on our hands and watching the Messianic State go through its wasteful convolutions will hopefully soon be over; it’s collapse will probably ensure this takes place. Will believers and the Church be willing to begin the task of taking responsibility for their health, and when the time comes, accepting the challenge of others, as well?

This is called personal responsibility, an attribute sorely lacking in our modern era. May the Lord’s people lead the way, because that’s what we’re here for. The problem solvers have to come from Zion; where else will they come from?

 

 

 

[1] Sean Parnell, “Foreigners Rack up Millions in Sick Bills,” ‘The Australian,’ 18/3/2016.