Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Price of Faith

Note: significantly edited shortly after posting. I may share 

Belinda is pregnant and little baby Liam's arrival is expected on January 3.

As of Dec. 1, we will no longer have health insurance.

This isn't a plea for help. We're going to be just fine financially. That's just my hook to draw your attention to a moral question that Belinda and I have had to wrestle with over the last months.

There is no health insurance plan renewing after August 1, 2012 in the state of New York which will not cover abortion-causing contraception in full. Let me put it succinctly:

 If you have a health insurance plan in New York, you are paying for abortions.

That I cannot stomach.

What do you think? Is this a moral dilemma for you?

For those who are freaking out, we've found an excellent alternative to health insurance in a Christian cost sharing program called Samaritan Ministries.


R N W said...

thanks for bringing this up. I'm trying to figure out what I think. A lot of this is about how responsible are you for other's decisions when your decisions indirectly allow/support their bad ones. How similar is this to shopping on Sundays? Obviously less extreme, but my shopping "makes" people work and break the sabbath. I guess people do have the option of observing the sabbath on another day, but you get the idea. Is it a similar moral dilema?

Matt said...

Interesting point, R N W.

There are a lot of ways to attack the "shopping on Sunday causes others to sin" argument. But putting all that aside, I think the extremity is the primary difference. It is absolutely true that sin is sin, and if we break the smallest law, we've broken the whole. It's also true that some sins have greater consequences than others.
In this case, the result is murder.

We should also consider whether there is a difference between causing someone to sin, tempting someone to sin, enabling someone's sin, paying for someone's sin. We know there are dire consequences for the first (Luke 17:2).

What do you think?

R N W said...

Causing someone to sin is obviously a problem. Tempting them... definitely something to avoid regardless of if you'd label it as sin.
enabling? Depends. Teaching someone to write enables them to do a lot of bad but also good. They have to decide how they use what you enabled. I suppose it's also possible to enable sin more directly, which would be wrong. Paying for is a specific enabler I think. An example that comes to mind is a homeless man asking for money for food. You give it to hime knowing he can do with it what he wants, and he buys drugs. In that case you weren't super wise. You could have just given him food, but the sin would be his, not yours I think. In conclusion, perhaps the healthcare issue isn't a sin, but it's not a great situation and we should look for good alternatives like you found. Maybe?