The church is not immune to the health insurance crisis that is sweeping the nation. From the worse-than-average health of clergy today to the huge ranks of retired clergy supported by church plans, the church is facing a crisis that pits the costs of health care against mission funding. Today’s Washington Post has a nice article on this issue (Escalating Health-Care Costs Hit Churches: Insurance for Pastors Draining the Coffers), including a quote from John Kapanke, president of the ELCA’s Board of Pensions.
Particularly in this election season in which health care will be a major issue, we in the church should be involved in conversations about health care – both nationally and within our church, for the two are intimately connected.
Jesus came that we might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Quality health care for all of God’s children is part of the abundant life God intends for us. Let us work toward a future where heath care for all is no longer a dream, but the reality.