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How Can the Church Stay Silent?
Friday, June 19, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd: Welcome to The Public Square®.  Our host is Dave Zanotti of the American Policy Roundtable.  Dave, is there a role for local congregations and Pastors to play in the unfolding healthcare debate?

Dave Zanotti: Wayne, how can people of faith stay silent on a matter of policy that will impact every person in America? How can we sit on the sidelines and let someone else decide?

WS: But isn’t this a complicated issue? And we're asking a lot of pastors, how are they going to find the time?

DZ: Fair question. I think the best way for anyone to decide if they should or should not get involved in this issue is to read the parable of the Good Samaritan. Then take a moment to think of someone you love, and imagine them in real medical need. How would you feel if they were left on the side of the road—perhaps to die?

The love of neighbor has to compel us to involvement on this one, Wayne. There is simply no way to duck this debate. Good news is, there are plenty of resources available to help and to help in a hurry.

WS: Now you've been researching this for a long time, haven't you?

DZ: We've got over 15 years invested. We’ve posted a whole library online to help anyone get up to speed on this debate in a hurry. For example, you can just go and read Dr. Chuck McGowen's blogs on healthcare.

WS: I've done that.

DZ:  And you'll be smarting than the average bear in an amazingly short amount of time. And there's all sort of stuff on our website - there's videos, there's radio programs, there's resources from all kind of sources.  We've tried to ask the really difficult questions. Once you get enough information, it's not that tough to figure out.

WS: Very helpful.  For Dave Zanotti, I'm Wayne Shepherd.  Thanks for being with us this week on The Public Square®.

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