Healthcare, according to one U.S. Representative, is the #1 concern among Democrats in our county. From what I hear, health issues are a top concern among most adults, regardless of political affiliation.
Walk into any group of adults over the age of 50 and chances are, half the conversation will revolve around sickness and surgeries. 90% of needs mentioned on church prayer lists have something to do with health issues.
If someone answers, “How are you?” with anything other than “Fine,” it will probably have to do with their physical wellbeing. It’s a widespread malady, infiltrating every household and contaminating everyday conversation. Daily, we hear heart-wrenching stories of young moms diagnosed with cancer, children with debilitating diseases not covered by insurance companies intent on finding policy loopholes, men in their prime cut down by strokes, and older people facing rare diseases with treatment plans beyond their Social Security budget.
I’d call that an epidemic.
As a ministry couple, my husband and I feel pulled in two directions by the overwhelming healthcare needs of our flock. We care deeply about the impact of medical needs on our people. We also feel frustration that other matters of God’s Kingdom work often take a back seat to the ever-increasing demands to care for people’s physical needs, layered with their concern over the accompanying financial frustrations, and their conflict with medical personnel, insurance companies, and government paperwork, often leaving them with little reserves to participate in Church life and outreach.
The topic of physical health:
- Dominates our prayer circles.
- Detracts from overall kingdom work.
- Sucks up time, money, energy, and brain focus
- Steers our focus away from the spiritual to the physical.