The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is holding a press conference at the State Capitol this afternoon to support healthcare reform. Here is what I plan to say:
I am a Baptist minister and I am here to speak on behalf of the many Baptists who expect our elected leaders to assure that healthcare is accessible, affordable, accountable, and inclusive of all persons.
I am also here to apologize for the heartlessness and indifference of the many Baptists and other Christians who appear to identify more with the priest and the Levite than with the Samaritan in the parable of the good Samaritan.
When we see someone who is sick, injured and beaten down by life in our society our first question should not be "Who sinned and made this person poor and uninsured?" Instead, our first question should be "What can I do to help?"
More than anything else, you can help by demanding that healthcare be accessible, affordable, accountable and inclusive of all persons.
Have a heart, America! Demand healthcare reform.
Note: Thanks to Andy Watts for suggesting phrases used in this statement.