Submitted by Chris DeMorell
Princeton scholar Peter Singer proposes that the purpose of government is to provide the greatest
good for the greatest number of people. This notion fits well with the concept of government-
mandated healthcare. However, is this really the role of government? The biblical concept of
government is to wield the sword or punish those who do evil thereby providing protection to those
who do good. The result of this is that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and
honesty. (1 Tim 2:2). When a government oversteps its boundaries from protection to provision,
as in requiring people to purchase healthcare, it claims too much power for itself. The more a
government can make people dependent upon it, the easier it will be to impose its will upon them.
If the government can mandate healthcare today, what will it be able to mandate tomorrow? It then
becomes a small next step to eliminate anything it deems to be in opposition to its purposes, including
our religious freedom.