For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall. Isaiah 25:4
“I don’t believe health care is a right. It’s a responsibility. The Democrats and Obama feel it’s a right and the federal government has a right to be involved in your health insurance. So that’s where I come from. This whole notion that the government can run a health insurance is doomed to failure in the first place.” Former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay
We have two different messages from two different times to two different communities facing a similar problem: what to do with the poor. The prophet Isaiah spoke with the authority of seeing things the way they could be, where the whole community as a body acted as a stronghold to the poor, needy and those in distress, where the whole of society became safe shelter in contrast to the ruthless who were like a storm beating against a wall. Make no mistake. The ancient Jewish society to which he spoke had their ruthless, and the prophet was calling them to a different vision.
American leaders, like Tom DeLay, have a vision, too. They like to propose that health care is simply each individual’s personal responsibility knowing full well that the average American cannot pay for his/her health care without the power of the collective. He is ruthless, a storm blowing against a wall. In his view, there is no shelter, no stronghold
You know which is the right way.