Hosannacare: You Can Trust God With Your Health Care If You Don't Do Anything Un-Biblical Like Drink Or Have Sexy-Time Sex Or Be, Like, You Know, Gay

Abby Zimet

Turns out an intriguing, little-noted exemption under the Affordable Care Act allows so-called health-sharing Christian ministries to offer "a proven Biblical model of healthcare - Christians helping Christians" to "God-fearing men and women" as an alternative to "the pro-abortion, same-sex-couple providing Obamacare." Arguing that "Jesus Christ is the only adequate Provider for every need we have," three such ministries nationwide - Samaritan, Medi-Share and Christian Healthcare - offer other Christian members' help with medical bills if you abide by their strictures to follow "God-honoring lifestyles" - to "attest to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ," to indulge in no drugs, alcohol, abortion, contraception or sex outside traditional marriage, and to otherwise "strive to maintain healthy lifestyles...as this glorifies God and keeps medical costs down." (It also excludes several apparently ungodly preventive measures, like colonoscopies and mammograms.) The health ministry websites all offer glowing testimonials: "The Lord used MediShare by providing for our unexpected C-section" and "The biggest miracle of all was that all my cancer bills were paid." Lower down, they also offer a clarification: This is "NOT INSURANCE" but "a New Testament way of thinking about healthcare, built on the principles of Christians bearing each other's burdens..... trusting the Lord to provide in their time of need through the voluntary gifts of other believers." In other words, there is no guarantee of anything, nor any regulation. But have faith. And don't need a mammogram.

“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions...and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” Acts 2:44-45

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