It started from the left – this idea that Medicaid expansion is noble and Christian. The idea originates from those supporting the murder of unborn children and limiting Christians in the practice of their faith.
We see it each year when progressives bus in their union cohorts in support of Medicaid expansion. They walk through the capitol halls screaming their chants and waving their signs. Calling on Christian legislators to “do the right thing and expand Medicaid”.
Now we’ve begun to hear it from those saying they belong to the right. They’ve raised the progressive banner, the unfaithful calling out the faithful as hypocrites.
Is expanding Medicaid the Christian thing to do?
The premise is Medicaid helps the poor, which is a mandate to Christians in the Bible.
There are many verses related to giving and helping the poor.
2 Corinthians 9:7 – Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 – If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother.
So yes, the Bible does teach Christians to give to the poor. But is there another theme found in these verses?
Yes, the heart.
Being charitable, generous or kindly, is as much a mandate to be right with the Lord and our fellow man, in our heart, as it is a mandate to help care for them. It is not only the action the Lord takes interest in but our attitude while we’re doing it.
Matthew 6:1-4 shows us this when it says, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” The Lord doesn’t want you to give so you may receive credit for doing so but to give because you love others and, most importantly, love Him.
Is this what Medicaid expansion accomplishes?
Not even close.
The Lord wants you to give, with a heart of love, to your neighbor when they are in need.
Medicaid is a neighbor forcefully taking from a neighbor who has and then giving it to a neighbor who supposedly has not.
Where is the opportunity to give cheerfully and willingly?
I would go as far to say such “charity” disallows Christians to give as the Lord intended by taking our ability to show love to our neighbor.
Let us also remember there are other mandates the Lord gives to Christians and the use of their money. I’m supposed to care for my family and supply their needs and protect them. 1 Timothy 5:8 says “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
I’m even to leave my children an inheritance (Proverbs 13:22).
It appears using government to take from me and redistribute what I have to others could impact these mandates placed on me by the Bible.
So, is expanding Medicaid the Christian thing to do?
No. God’s call on us to be charitable is an individual call for each us to love our neighbors (charity). It is not a call on us to use government to take and redistribute (not charity). It definitely is not a call to increase our neighbor’s dependency on government.
If others want to have the debate on Medicaid lets do so. Let’s talk freely about Medicaid on its own merits and the dependency it creates. Let’s discuss how lowering costs across the board could be beneficial to a far larger populace, including the poor, than just expanding Medicaid.
Yet, to imply Christians are being hypocritical for refusing to expand Medicaid shows how far some will go to push their agenda – even falsely using God’s Word.