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Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:00

 

Many Christians are far more interested in being healed when sick, than in being healthy. Reform of health care begins with us living healthy. 3 John 2 says, "I pray... that you may be in good health." Christians must make living healthy a priority! That is basic. The only Christians that comes to mind that make this one of their official core values is the Seventh Day Adventist Church. To them, living healthy is an essential part of the Christian life, of discipleship. It is a matter of being faithful stewards of the life God has given them. I know of no other church or group of Christians that make health a true priority and a part of what it means to be a Christian as such. (Yes, many individual Christians try to stay or be "in shape" and be healthy, but as a personal goal not a Christian one and, yes, there are conservative churches that require members to renounce alcohol and illicit drugs and nicotine; but they tolerate or enjoy many other habits and activities that are unhealthy.) It remains for Christians everywhere to make Health a priority.

 

What is odd about this widespread neglect of health among Christians is that "health" is another word for salvation. The Greek and Hebrew words for salvation mean complete wholeness and well being. Jesus came to bring fullness of Life. A full Life includes Health. Jesus ministry on earth was a ministry of healing. The Gospels are full of stories in which Jesus had compassion for the sick (including the demonized) and he healed them. Healing is more than the elimination of disease. The healings of Jesus were demonstrations of the presence of the Holy Spirit or the power of the Kingdom at work. And that is for deliverance from Sin, Satan and Death in order to have and enjoy Eternal Life or Salvation. Healing is in order for the sick to have true Health and to glorify God. This is obviously the ideal and it is absent from all discussion of Health Care. Christians must not be content with the removal of cancer cells alone. They must be concerned with the total Health of the Person who has the cancer.

Matt 8:16 That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

Certainly Jesus set the example for our own compassion and care for those who are in need of health care. Preaching the Gospel is our top priority. That Gospel brings Life. Life includes Health. Preaching the Gospel ultimately includes preaching Health. By His wounds (the cross) we are healed (I Pet 2:24) Christ came to earth to defeat Satan and undo his works. They include disease and death. Every healing (and exorcism) Jesus did was a occasion of this.

1 John 3:8 The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Hebrews 2:14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through [his] death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.

1 Cor 15:25 [Christ] must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Rev 21:4 "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

Of all people, Christians should practice healthy living and promote health care. This does not preclude the reality of sickness and disease for Christians. We are mortals and our bodies will ultimately break down. But, it should preclude those illnesses that can be avoided by living a healthy life. And doing this will cut down on the needs and costs of health care for most of us.

 

 

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