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What Does The Bible Say About Health Care? Part IV
Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Wayne Shepherd: We're talking health care this week here on The Public Square®, and you've got to talk about the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan when you talk about health care. I'm Wayne Shepherd with Dave Zanotti. Dave, what can we learn from the parable that Jesus told?

Dave Zanotti: Well, our staff asked that same question and we went into this giant dialogue about how both sides on the nationalized health care debate seem to be using the parable of the Good Samaritan. So we really wanted to dive into that. Based on the question, "What does the Bible say about health care?" And it's crystal clear that health care is provided in the parable of the Good Samaritan. And it's also crystal clear that there were some people who didn't want to stop to bother to help someone who was in serious need. But when you really dig into it, one of the comments that Melanie, our national legislative director, said is, "well that was an emergency situation and the Samaritan stepped up to help their friend in need." But the Samaritan didn’t buy him an insurance policy to take care of everything they would need from this point on, for the rest of their life, every time they stubbed their toe.

Another person said, "Well of course our obligation is to help our neighbor in need and to help them with their health care." But the fact of the matter is, that was an individual helping an individual and not the civil government. And that's really what the parable caused us to ask the question, "What is the role of the individual?" and then, "What is the role of the corporate community as we get outside the individual and the family and we move to the church and the civil society in the form of government? And what does the Bible say about that? Is the government supposed to be the agency that takes care of business?"

WS: If you’d like to read more about this issue, about healthcare, come to our website, We have lots of articles and perspective there at This has been The Public Square® with Dave Zanotti.

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