Pastor's Corner

17 Aug
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Mid-Week Challenge

You have heard me proclaim, on several occasions, that Christianity is the best thing that ever happened to women and children.  History proves this as certain groups were historically mistreated and neglected until the commands of Jesus caused the Church to provide care and recognition to ALL people. You often hear us pray for and recognize those that provide emergency care for those in need.  Our military, law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, doctors and nurses and others are constantly prayed for and supported by our church and many others.  These individuals provide a level of care for others that we consider a special calling of service to the community.  We don’t mention it enough, but the modern hospital care and health services industry can trace their roots to the founding of Christianity.  Until the time of Christ there were doctors and those who provided care, but the Church helped organize and support those who were called to serve in this capacity. John Stonestreet and Glenn Sunshine do an excellent job at recounting this important period in Church History and describing events you might not have known.  You can read or listen to their article How Christianity Created the Hospital at: https://breakpoint.org/how-christianity-created-the-hospital/

A portion of their article reports: “The first major epidemic faced by the Church was the Antonine Plague (A.D. 166-189). In fear of their lives, the Romans threw the sick out of their homes to die in the streets. Galen, the most prominent physician of the age, knew he could neither heal its victims nor protect himself. So, he fled Rome to stay at his country estate. Recognizing that all persons were made in the image of God and that Jesus came to make all things new, body and soul, many Christians ran the other direction. They fought the Fall by tending to the sick, at risk (and often at the cost) of their own lives. Since even basic nursing care can make a significant difference during an epidemic, Christian action saved lives. Their courage and self-sacrifice contributed to the rapid growth of Christianity.”

It is often said that the Church is a hospital for the spiritual sick.  I am thankful for Christianity’s roots in physical medicine as well! Even though many Christians and critics today are skeptical that the Church is relevant in the modern age, we know that it is!  Our efforts in the community we serve shows the love of Christ and need to acknowledge the reality of our Creator.  When we begin to see others as God sees all of us, we will be one step closer to living together in harmony with our neighbor.  

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:4

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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