Editor's Note: The new issue of Business Reform magazine hits the street on May 1. But you can read it online now if you subscribe at www.businessreform.com. This issue confront's the unbiblical liberal perspectives on "health care reform." Jared C. Crooks is editor of Business Reform magazine and highlights the contents of this new issue.
I think what says a lot about an institution is the female figurehead that comes – whether intentionally or otherwise – to represent it. The English government retains, in the eyes of the world, something of a perpetual nobility in the grandmotherly features of Queen Elizabeth and the calm innocence and charm of the shots of Princess Di that still seem to flood perpetually across the waves of late night cable stations. The Catholic Church, for me, has retained a character of compassion and self-sacrifice, even through its present scandals, simply by association with Mother Theresa and the continuing good her mere memory perpetuates in the third-world.
It speaks volumes, then, that the modern liberal party in the United States cannot seem to shake itself of its present female figurehead, Hillary Clinton. And one can hardly utter her name without taking the next psychological step and utter the other H-word that has come to plague the American business psyche.
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Health Care. I can think of no other issue that affects more people or on such a significant level. Few debates, outside of our present conflict in the Middle East, are as heated, and no other issue poses as essential and potentially ruinous a problem to small businesses. The life of our business culture, in fact, hangs in the balance of this debate. The entrepreneurial spirit of this country – the very spirit upon which America was founded, in fact – finds itself on life support, and the plug is in our collective hand.
This issue, then, seeks to detail the problem through discussion of licensing laws (see especially the article by Tom Rose), government interference, basic economics (see Ross Justice's piece), and the epidemic of insurance fraud (as explored by Rick Boxx). Never focusing on the negative and ever seeking to provide biblical answers to practical problems, we then seek to provide answers to the problem. Rick Anderson lays out a biblical view of health care and offers several suggestions for remedying the problem in a properly Christian way. We also talk to the President and Founder of Samaritan Ministries, a Christian health care alternative program that seeks to carry out on a practical level the Paulian edict to "Carry each other's burdens."
Also in the issue, as always, we offer practical business advice from some of our nation's premier Christian businessmen. Steven Bolt and Marc Leavy offer advice on financial planning in these uncertain times. John C. Maxwell and Larry Burkett address leadership. Ian Hodge offers wise marketing advice and Michael Pink discusses the practical importance of incorporating honesty into the very core of your sales philosophy. Joe Johnson continues his discussion of republican business strategies, and also in this issue we have hiring advice from Michael Zigarelli, editor of the Regent Business Review.
In seeking answers to our current health care crisis, we should turn first to God. The Caduceus on the cover of this issue – which the American Medical Association has taken as their signet and graces the rear doors of every ambulance I've ever seen – is a symbol of hope, I think. Although it also finds its origins in Greek mythology, the primary meaning of this symbol is found in Numbers when Moses is commanded to construct a large bronze snake and place it on a pole at the center of the camp. Plagued by small poisonous snakes, the Israelites are commanded to keep their eyes focused on this symbol even as the venom courses through their veins and they are continually bitten. Those that keep their eyes upon it live; those that turn away die. The Caduceus, in its original form, then, is a symbol of God's grace, the source of our preservation and salvation. And in this crisis we should continually watch for His leading and the answers He provides for us in His Word. Only He – and not Hillary – can solve this crisis and it is our duty as Christians in business to be at the forefront of this discussion of health care reform.
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