I am always enamored by the quality of contributions we seem to experience at threeonesix fellowship on a weekly basis. And this week was no different. As we looked at the Healthcare issues we as Americans are facing today and in this present election through the lenses of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral it was interesting to me to observe the different perspectives we all bring in our approach to this issue. And yet we still find ourselves unified in our compassion for those in need right here at home. This sentiment is not new to us as Americans. It is printed on every piece of currency… E Pluribus Unam… Out of many, one. I think the opposite may be true as well… From One, many. What I’m getting at is this: We are all different and yet in so many ways, we are the same. We originate from the same source. We are concentric circles, having the same and common center. And we live this out in everything we do both in our individual lives and as a faith community. As we’ve said, everything is spiritual and our faith doesn’t confine itself to a building a few hours a week. But this “concentricity” isn’t limited to those of us at threeonesix. We are all part of the same. Each human has the same value as another, regardless of the depth of her portfolio or the width of his influence.
While community can only truly be authored and fostered in true heart-to-heart connections in transparent authenticity, it oftentimes takes little moments of trust-building for some of us to open ourselves up to this kind of nakedness. It is true, online communities will (hopefully) never replace the kind of connections to which we are inherently drawn, they do foster, and in some instances, generate this authentic community we’ve been talking so much about. It’s through tools like we now have at our reach that we are able to discover needs of which we may otherwise remain oblivious. This blog for example, is a means of communicating thoughts to whomever may be interested and is open for observation, commentary, inspection and criticism. As everything should be, as long as it is tempered by respect. Mutual respect is the way Christ teaches (treat others the way you hope to be treated). And mutual concern is tied to that. This is where open community is present. This is also where the Advocate role comes into play. How many times have you heard of a person who needed clothing and food and shelter because of a loss and immediately called everyone you knew to help corral all these items? In those times, you have been the Advocate. You have called many to answer a single unified call… out of many, one. Perhaps Alexandre Dumas said it best in one of history’s famous novels in the cry of three inseparable friends who lived by the motto, “One for all, and all for one!”
As the topic circulated through the room today and we heard more and more about experiences of humanitarian services offered by individuals and large corporations, I couldn’t help but ask myself the question that I now pose to you, “Is it possible that Universal Healthcare already exists in and among us? Is it also plausible that the reason we as a nation are calling out for help in this arena that we have been personally irresponsible with our own abilities to give and support aide?”
There is no question that there are masses of people in this country without even the most basic access to healthcare. The reason we are crying out to our government to help us isn’t because they have a reputation for taking on our needs and providing a suitable remedy. It is because somewhere along the way, those of us who were supposed to protect the orphan, the widow, the poor, the hungry have, for one reason or another, delegated our responsibilities to a committee and walked away. The call we hear from our neighbors is a desperate cry for help, and though it is directed at our governmental leaders, it doesn’t lie only at their feet.