Attached you will find a eight page and two page condensed version of the document highlighting the resource of our Health Care Social Statement as we go deeper into discernment about the future of our health care system. This is how the document opens. Click on the links below to see some of the more helpful quotes I found in the statement and three supporting documents as well as the Catechisms of Martin Luther. There is a longer and shorter version for different uses.
Bp. Jon Anderson
Engaging Current Health Care Decisions – A Work of Love
23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23-25
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen
Jesus healed many people in his ministry. We believe this is a sign that God also longs to bring healing to every dimension of our lives and world. Jesus healed people who were outsiders in a culture that often judged illness as a form of divine punishment. Jesus cared about people, not just spiritually, but also cared for people’s bodies and health. The Christian Church and Lutheran movement within it has cared about the health of people throughout its history.
As our country moves further into debate and likely reform of our health care system, Lutheran Christians come from a lot of different places. Some come from rural, urban, or suburban contexts. Some are Republicans, Independents, various other parties, or Democrats. Some are excited about the election’s outcomes and support the Republicans and their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act. Others are ambivalent or unaware. Many are deeply concerned about what the coming changes to the health care system of our country will mean for others and themselves. We are united in our hope for a better health care system in our future whether there is a stalemate with no legislative change, “repeal and delay” or “repeal and replace.”
We are united in our commitment to love our God and love all our neighbors as we follow Jesus our Lord. As we engage and deepen our voice in the coming political conversations, discernment and decisions, this resource will highlight some assets to support our work. The ELCA’s historic Social Statement on health care, ”A Vision of Health Care and Healing as a Shared Endeavor” provides helpful groundwork for these conversations that we want to make more visible. This statement and its resources lifts up Biblical resources and other resources to think more carefully about this vocation of individuals and communities of faith to care for the health of all people. http://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Health-Care
Click here to see the whole document. It repeats some themes but gives you a quick look into the four documents.
Here is a link to a two page document.