Samaritan Medicare vs Not My Brother’s Keeper

My Wife and I were across the border in New york last weekend (Lake Placid). The palce is absolutely Beautiful, but would I live there HELL NO.

Because they don’t have Medicare or social assistance you can rely on.  The issue is one that the current administration is trying to fix. The problem is there are a large number of rightwing Bible quoting Republicans that think that socialist ideas like Medicare will go against thier values the values they got from the Bible.

You know what that is?


Plain and simple nonsense.  Here is what Jesus said about Medicare and socialism.

Luke 10: 30-37

 30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”   Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Socialism means society is responsible for those that can’t help themselves. If you don’t see that in the parable,  you’re blind.  What the Samaritan did was akin to Medicare, and no amount of rationalizing that away will work.

We tend to think that we are not our Brothers Keeper, it is his own obligation to pay for his medical care and his employment insurance.

But who was the first to feel Gods wrath?  Cain and his first plea was “am I my brothers keeper.” (Genesis4:10)

The Answer is both socially and Biblically YES.


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