Biblical Evidence That True Christians Support Health Care Reform Part Eight (Shall I continue?)
There are two major themes to Drifting With Jesus (synopsis and first three chapters here). One is an exploration of the various manifestations of Christianity in America—to explain exactly who are the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Seventh Day Adventists, etc. The other arc is the many ways the Catholic church either opposes biblical doctrine or invents their own (very) loosely based on the Bible. In snooping around the internet for pertinent bits from the news related to a certain passage of scripture I wanted to expound upon, I came upon this gem from last November.
This is the first paragraph of a news story copied from The Colorado Independent, first posted on November 3, 2009. “This past weekend the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops instructed pastors at parishes across the country to distribute material urging Catholics to oppose the health reform bills making their way through Congress for allowing public funding of abortions. Priests were to insert the Bishops Conference leaflets and letters into parish news bulletins, distribute them at church doors or place them in pews. They were also directed to read a statement at mass to reinforce the message.”
And here follows the Bible passage that edict contradicts, as the edicts of the Catholic church so often do. From Ezekiel, chapter 34, verses 1-4. ‘And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed, but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.’
The Bible speaks for itself, as does the Catholic church, and I add nothing more.