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Lufkin pastors weigh in on health care

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – As Americans digest how the health care bill will affect their lives, some Lufkin pastors believe the bill is a stark contrast to God's word. They believe Americans have grown dependent on government and forgotten about God.

"If a man doesn't work, he doesn't eat and that's what the bible says," said Pastor Oscar Dixon.

There are few shades of gray when it comes down to health care reform and religion. "The government is not the answer. Jesus is the answer," said Dixon.

For the past year, Dixon said he's noticed a growing dependence, borderline obsession with the government. He's asking people to look to the bible, not Washington for change.

"There's some people that can work, but they're not working," he said. "They're relying on the government to take care of them, so now what's going to happen? The government is spending millions of dollars to help take care of people that are able to work. I believe if a man doesn't work, he doesn't eat."

Matt Beers is a youth pastor at Harmony Hill. He agrees with Dixon. "From a biblical stand point those who don't work, don't eat and that's what we believe in," said Beers.

He said pieces of the health care bill are a stark contrast to the bible's text he's devoted his life to.

"That's going to be difficult for anyone to swallow," he said. "I think it bugs all of us that there's people out there that are going to take advantage of us."

After being skeptic about some parts of the bill a change came about giving Beers a glimmer of hope.

"When we found out that had changed that made me excited because I was really uneasy about my tax dollars going to help fund abortion clinics," he said.

But either way, both pastors make it clear that their faith does not rely in healthcare reform nor the government.

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