Who has the right?

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 82:3-4

Who has a right to adequate health care?  Anyone?  Everyone?  Only those who can afford it?  Who has a right to food, shelter and water?  Who has a right to basic respect?  Who has a right to a decent education, to learn to read?  Anyone?  Everyone?  No one?  Only those who can afford it?

The Psalmist asks in this prayer that the weak receive what they have a right to, that those afflicted and destitute, those without parents to care for them (fatherless also means without an inheritance) be protected from the wicked.  The wicked–who don’t care for the poor, the needy, the destitute and those who don’t have enough to live on.

This is not ancient Israel, but we still have the needy, weak, destitute and those without enough to live on.  Makes you wonder, doesn’t it–all this talk about cutting health care, medicare, medicaid, food stamps and none of this being a right.  Or, maybe it doesn’t make you think.

Bob Patrick


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