“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me” Isaiah 45:5
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Romans 1:20
The unregenerate rejects God’s revelation about Himself and creates a god of his own making. A fictitious god with attributes and qualities that reflect the unregenerate mind. A mind that is “at emnity” with God Romans 8:7
Any consequential hypothesis of the unregenerate is anti-God. It is the “spirit of anti-Christ” I John 4:3. Denying the revelation of God to man in His word, which is the Word (Christ) John 1:1 the unregenerate then sets out in the fanciful construction of the world and seeks to understand the world and communicate truth according to their construct. All the while deceiving and being deceived.
The Problem – Right or Privilege
Right – morally good, justified, or acceptable
When we think of right, we usually associate those things that are historically associated with our culture: Free speech, worship, conscious etc. Rights are bestowed by God and protected by man.
Is health care a right? No. Rights are not bought. We do not barter or exchange for a right. Rights exist and I exercise them.
Health care is a service. It is given or purchased. Health care does not exist as rights do. It is the product of a human action. But, health care is definitely a privilege.
Privilege – a special right, advantage or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group
There are two conditions necessary for something to qualify for a privilege. Either, “a special right, advantage or immunity” is granted to a particular person or group. Or, the “special right, advantage or immunity” available only to a particular person or group.
The first case requires a grantor; somebody who has the authority, power and means to give that privilege to another. In the context of health care somebody decides who gets care and who does not get care. This can either be done through charity where the resources necessary are given to a specific end. Or, it can be done via force.
The case of charity is best. An individual or group of individuals gather their resources and, or, solicit resources from others for the expressed purpose of providing health care to a specific group which is defined by the collective. Example, Bill Gates uses his wealth to provide health care services for everybody with the family name of Smith who live in a defined area.
Otherwise an individual, or group of individuals take from one group by force or coercion, and then directs the ill gotten gain to a specific group. This type of power falls under the general term of authoritarianism. The group that has the funds taken from them has no recourse, nor do they have any ability to challenge the decision outside overthrowing those in power. This situation in regards to health care would be called a dictatorship of the health care industry.
Privilege also involves the concept of being “available” to a special group. Applying this concept to healthcare we understand that health care is available to a special group. How is that group determined if not by a benevolent actor (our example of Bill Gates), or dictatorship, necessitated by the concept of granted privilege?
The answer is through the auctioning of services. This auction takes place by those who provide the service offering the service at various prices, qualities, times and locations for those who wish to consume said services. Commonly, this auctioning is known as a market.
There is an obvious problem with both of these approaches. People still will get sick and die, regardless of health care. The Bible admonishes us to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18.
Are focus should be on the eternal, not the temporal. That eternal is dependent on our relationship to Christ. Should we ignore the temporal? No, because we who know Christ are “created unto good works” Ephesians 2:10.
The issue should not be “right or privilege?” Rather, how to make the privilege available to more people? Does the Bible give us any guidance?