The pastors at my church are excellent and there are good things going on around the world, such as with our orthodox friends in the Kenyan church. But the national leadership in the U.S. is awful and there are many Methodist churches I wouldn’t send my dogs to. They are more charismatic in their style, anyway (No offense to my charismatic friends, just a throw-away gag. I know we tend to be boring worshipers!).
Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society, who is staunchly pro-legalized abortion, is a perfect example of what is wrong with the denomination:
The provision of health care for all without regard to status or ability to pay is portrayed in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:24-35). In a conversation that began with the question of how one might obtain eternal life, Jesus asserted that one must love God and one’s neighbor. In response to the next question as to who one’s neighbor is, Jesus told of a Samaritan, an outsider, who coming upon a wounded traveler, provided him with health care. Jesus described the duty to provide health care as owed regardless of the merit or ethnicity of the person in need, and owed to the limit of one’s economic capacity. By the way, this is from #3201, “Health Care for All in the United States,” 2008 Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church.
Twisting the Parable of the Good Samaritan to support universal health care — including government funding of the crushing and dismemberment of innocent human beings who are clearly our neighbors — is scrip-torture of the highest degree.
Note how Winkler and the like ask Caesar to take money — by threat of force, loss of property or imprisonment — from neighbor A to give to neighbor B and then audaciously consider themselves to be the Good Samaritan in the story. How charitable of them. Go release some endorphins, folks!
Of course, the real Good Samaritan gave his own time and money, and without coercion. Winkler-types aren’t even in the story. They would be a new character, petitioning Caesar to force the Samaritan to help and taking away his opportunity to be loving and generous.
Also note his closing comment:
Any congregation that doesn’t seek health care for all of the uninsured should be sued for malpractice!
I’d say that any congregation seeking glory for asking the government to take money from one group to “care” for another should be sued for malpractice. And I put care in quotes because Winkler & Co. consider this to be health care.
P.S. Winkler’s implication that doing good deeds merits eternal life is bad theology as well.