• Church Shows America One Part of Answer to the Nation’s Health Care Gripes

    Surge Summary: A local church’s charitable act models at least part of the solution to squabbles over how to improve America’s Health Care shortcomings.

    Talia Wise and CBN News bring a heartening tale of a practical solution to a stubborn problem in our hard-hearted age:

    Residents in Indiana could receive an unexpected blessing in the mail after a local church raised $6.2 million to erase the debt of people struggling to pay their medical bills.

    Not only did First Capital Christian Church in Corydon raise that not inconsiderable amount. They did it quickly and rather unexpectedly, Sunday, June 30.

    “Nearly everybody you know has a story of medical debt that came on unexpectedly and really overwhelms their family and our people can resonate with that,” Senior Pastor Randy Kirk told CBN News. “They stepped up in a huge way. We had people really sacrifice.”

    Turns out the Indian church isn’t alone in this kind of uncommon humanitarianism.

    [T]he church heard about a congregation in Wichita, Kansas that had given $22,000 to bless their community struggling with medical debt. It was a venture that tugged at the heart of the church.

    Kindness, it seems, can be contagious.

    “We are middle class to lower-middle-class in terms of the makeup of our group, but they are people who are earnest and serious about their walk with the Lord and trying to serve their community and do tangible things to help people,” [the pastor] said.

    The story gets more extraordinary as details come forth. The church’s original goal was raise $28,000 – a respectable amount, but far shy of the six-plus million that was the final tally. With the help of RIP Medical Debt that hoped-for $28,000 would have covered the cost of medical debt in Harrison County.

    “We felt like, and I still do feel like, that was a very ambitious goal for a church of our size and income,” Kirk added.

    But days after the service, money is still coming in.

    “Shocked wouldn’t even begin to describe [it]. What is about six times bigger than shocked? That’s kind of where I am.” Kirk said.

    In the weeks following, some residents — now in four counties, Harrison, Crawford, Washington, and Perry — will step out to their mailboxes to delightedly discover their medical debt has been erased.

    Pastor Kirk specifies, however, the financial blessing is not the only thing being extended to these families. Prayers have followed the bucks.

    “We asked them to write on the outside of the envelopes the prayers they were praying for the family that would be helped by their gift,” Kirk explained.

    “It’s just a beautiful thing and the theme that is running through their prayers, time and again, is that we hope that you have an experience with Jesus that we know [will] forever change your life,” he added.

    Besides the warm and fuzzies a testimony like this ought to elicit, the act of this one church supplies a pragmatic reminder to a nation facing an often fractious health-care debate: small-government espousing, free-market recommending conservatives and Constitutionalists like to theorize and lecture about the need for persons to be responsible for their own needs and for private citizens and associations to step up and take on the needs of those who fall short – needs which, expandingly and for generations, have been shouldered by the State.

    That’s all well and good and true – but it’s logic is pretty demanding for those espousing this viewpoint, as well. If the desire is for DC or State capitols to back off, then local and voluntary efforts will have to take up the slack. Neighbors, faith communities of every kind, fraternal organizations, local government as a last resort will need to get involved when those around them fall on hard times and are unable to cope.

    This wonderful body of believers in Corydon, Indiana has provided a startling representation of the kind of close-in, hands-on, personal interaction between concerned folks and hurting souls — not just in a once-in-a-while, news-headline way, but daily — which will be indispensable if bloated, intrusive government is ever going to shrink meaningfully.  People caring for one another in extensive, immediate and dependable ways.

    Talk really is cheap – which is why the cost of meddling government is not.

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