Bad Health Despite Health Coverage

Since President Obama took office during his first term, we’ve heard a lot of acrimonious talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) most call “Obamacare”. The issue of healthcare for all or some promises to drive a wedge between Americans trying to decide where they stand on the issue. I won’t argue the merits either for or against but, an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, expresses the view that healthcare doesn’t of itself add up to better health, in fact on some levels there is a decline of health as he cited the experience of his uncle who became less active, consequently less healthy, after getting on Medicare.

Such news may not be headline-grabbing but, the view supported by this article is that good health rather, is the product of a lifestyle of behaviors, diets and habits that together create the framework that produces “good health”. Something that cannot be “mandated”. Dr. Gupta’s assessment of what he calls “baseline benefits” indicate its better to be insured versus having no insurance at all. Never-the-less, the focus of our attention on whether having access to universal healthcare as a panacea overlooks the greater problem which usually is a lack of personal interest in something as simple as exercise, proper hygiene, well balanced diets and adequate rest.

In 1969, during the Vietnam War, a battle was fought over a heavily fortified mound of dirt called “Hamburger Hill”. This particular skirmish caused a national outcry because it had no strategic value. After ten days of fighting, more than 1000 soldiers died, tons of ordinance had been expended, and excessive mission resources had been committed to a losing effort. Eventually the plan to take Hamburger Hill was abandoned and a different war strategy ensued. This is not to suggest that ACA is a modern day Hamburger Hill that ultimately will be deserted. However, “health” without a proper strategy will definitely not have “good” in front of it.


Frustration Abounds



Ever talk to a frustrated sound technician, Pastor, church member about the audio problem? I have, and its usually not very pretty. Over the years, I’ve witnessed many moments where the contention and disagreement would quietly (or loudly) divide members with some leaving disgruntled, searching for better sounding pastures.

Bad sounding audio is usually a mixture of equipment malfunction, operator error, speaker placement or electrical issues, all of which can have a devistating affect on an otherwise pleasant worship experience. Not to worry, there is help. Don’t let your frustrations continue unaddressed. Support you media department by:

1. Send them to relevant conferences, seminars and workshops. If budgets are an issue ( and they usually are) consider purchasing books, CDs, or DVDs that offer solutions to some of the audio issues your church may have.

2. Figure out creative ways to upgrade or purchase necessary equipment the absence of which would negatively impact the service.

Remember, your problems aren’t unique, it has been addressed by somebody somewhere.

You can contact me if you need assistance…


The Verdict Is In!!!

6 people just returned a verdict of “Not Guilty” for George Zimmerman in a much watched case about his shooting of unarmed 17 year old “Trayvon Martin”. Regardless of the verdict and the heightened emotions around the case, many questions linger about the sense of justice when the facts “as presented” didn’t satisfactorily implicate wrongdoing. Consequently, one man walks free, having killed another man because of a lack of clear evidence showing malicious intent (at least for 6 people).

One thing’s certain though, life is fragile and often, “justice standeth afar off”. At any given moment we may be called to give up life under a variety of circumstances that we can not control. Make certain your “calling and election are sure”, that the words “Well done, good and faithful servant” will be yours to hear. Trayvon Martin is only one of thousands that experience untimely and unnecessary death. A tragedy for sure yet, when that day comes for you and I, The Verdict Is In!!! Will you have everlasting forgiveness or condemnation? Give your life to Christ while the jury is still out!!!