Jesus was an advocate for social justice. So when we work on behalf of farmworkers and recent immigrants, those living in poverty or with disabilities, children and the elderly, we are doing what Jesus did.
But we can't do this alone. So find a friend and start praying, find a pen and start writing, find a shovel and start gardening, find a bullhorn and start shouting. Change never comes easy.
The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day this past Monday provides an opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy while also remembering the strides still to be made, especially in access to quality health care. According to the Cone Health Foundation, almost one-fifth of North Carolinians below the age of 65 were uninsured in 2014, meaning they have no access to affordable health care.
Almost 500,000 North Carolinians fall into the coverage gap, meaning that they don’t make enough money to get private insurance but they don’t qualify for Medicaid. Many faiths and faith-based organizations have endorsed guaranteed, universal access to health care for all people in North Carolina, calling upon our legislature to recognize the right for all people to live in good health and to be able to access services to keep them healthy, regardless of their income level.