The following was a “letter to the editor” in an August 29th Jackson, MS newspaper.
“During my last night’s shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new gold tooth, multiple elaborate tattoos, expensive hair weave, a very name brand/expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped the net and texting, including her favorite R&B tune for a ringtone.
Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid. She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer.
And our Congress expects me to pay for this woman’s health care? Our nation’s health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture — a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. A culture that thinks “I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me”..Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow.
Don’t you agree?
DR. STARNER JONES, MD
My personal thought is that Dr. Jones is correct. We have a culture crisis and as a nation are failing to even keep the ten commandments. We have a desperate need to repent of our flagrant materialism (pointing the finger at myself here) and other national sins and turn back to God, asking him for help and wisdom to guide us out of this crisis and back into sound thinking and living. On the other hand, “the poor have ye with you always.” God also calls us to compassionately help those who are in need. Let’s pray for ourselves, our nation, and our leaders to look to God for the wisdom to make right decisions and the grace to live them out.