The Obamacare ‘scandal’ you haven’t heard about

Texas is home to the highest number of people without health insurance of any state in the nation. We are also home to the largest churches and congregations in the United States. Why aren’t Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Max Lucado, Ed Young Sr., Ed Young Jr., and other prominent Texas pastors speaking out to answer the cries of the poor?

CNN Belief Blog

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) — The Rev. Timothy McDonald gripped the pulpit with both hands, locked eyes with the shouting worshippers, and decided to speak the unspeakable.

The bespectacled Baptist minister was not confessing to a scandalous love affair or the theft of church funds. He brought up another taboo: the millions of poor Americans who won’t get health insurance beginning in January because their states refused to accept Obamacare.

McDonald cited a New Testament passage in which Jesus gathered the 5,000 and fed them with five loaves and two fishes. Members of his congregation bolted to their feet and yelled, “C’mon preacher” and “Yessir” as his voice rose in righteous anger.

“What I like about our God is that he doesn’t throw people away,” McDonald told First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta during a recent Sunday service. “There will be health care for every American. Don’t you worry when…

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One thought on “The Obamacare ‘scandal’ you haven’t heard about

  1. Andrew says:

    A pastor speaking out about a political issue isn’t as simple as you make it out to be.

    1) Some denominations are more accepting of political speech than other. My denomination, Church of Christ, has a huge taboo against political speech in the pulpit.

    2) The pastor doesn’t always hold the power in the church. For example, Max Lucado, while a well-known figure, reports to a board of elders. That board of elders might take punitive action against him if he were to start speaking about political topics.

    3) Do pastors have to speak explicitly about a program? I’ve heard sermons in the Churches of Christ that aren’t explicitly political but say things like, “It is against God’s will for people to get sub-par health care because they don’t have insurance.” In fact, my own church (which a former State Rep in HD 108 attends!) has a clinic that serves the uninsured population.

    My point is this: just because pastors can’t/don’t speak out about Medicaid expansion explicitly, doesn’t mean they don’t support it in tangible. In fact, many are giving sermons to lay the framework for the members of their congregations to support such action.

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