Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Christian Creed on Health Care

I share this with others from Sojourners Magazine on the topic of health care. As a pastor, I am faced daily with people in need of good quality health care. The issue and problem are real and what Congress is currently debating will have profound impact on the daily lives of people. Today I signed the Christian Creed on Health Care from Sojourners Magazine. I share the creed with you today. For more information go to

A Christian Creed on Health Care

As one of God's children, I believe that protecting the health of each human being is a profoundly important personal and communal responsibility for people of faith.I believe God created each person in the divine image to be spiritually and physically healthy. I feel the pain of sickness and disease in our broken world (Genesis 1:27, Romans 8:22).I believe life and healing are core tenets of the Christian life. Christ's ministry included physical healing, and we are called to participate in God's new creation as instruments of healing and redemption (Matthew 4:23, Luke 9:1-6; Mark 7:32-35, Acts 10:38). Our nation should strive to ensure all people have access to life-giving treatments and care. I believe, as taught by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus, that the measure of a society is seen in how it treats the most vulnerable. The current discussion about health-care reform is important for the United States to move toward a more just system of providing care to all people (Isaiah 1:16-17, Jeremiah 7:5-7, Matthew 25:31-45).I believe that all people have a moral obligation to tell the truth. To serve the common good of our entire nation, all parties debating reform should tell the truth and refrain from distorting facts or using fear-based messaging (Leviticus 19:11; Ephesians 4:14-15, 25; Proverbs 6:16-19).I believe that Christians should seek to bring health and well-being (shalom) to the society into which God has placed us, for a healthy society benefits all members (Jeremiah 29:7).I believe in a time when all will live long and healthy lives, from infancy to old age (Isaiah 65:20), and "mourning and crying and pain will be no more" (Revelation 21:4). My heart breaks for my brothers and sisters who watch their loved ones suffer, or who suffer themselves, because they cannot afford a trip to the doctor. I stand with them in their suffering.I believe health-care reform must rest on a foundation of values that affirm each and every life as a sacred gift from the Creator (Genesis 2:7).Amen.

Editors Note: While this is a "Christian creed", I will post other religious creeds concerning health care as well

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Brad Braxton Resigns from Riverside

In a letter sent to members via email, Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton announced his resignation from Riverside Church. Below is the link to the New York Times story and also a link to the PBS interview with Braxton that aired about three weeks ago. I will comment on this later.