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?
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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