The sick society

The Doctor's Life Support for 25 March

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7: 14

My happiest memory of growing up is the freedom I had to roam and explore. I sought adventure in acres of moorland near my home and one abiding memory is of a startled duck rising from its nest on the edge of a small lake as I approached, opening to a small boy the excitement of nature in all its beauty and fullness. Today, by comparison, my nineyear- old grandson cannot walk safely, alone, to school! Like many others, his freedom is greatly compromised in a society which, supposedly, values freedom! Surely, one would have thought, improvements in health, education, housing and standard of living would have brought happiness, security and contentment. Yet bullying, racism, sexism, violence, molestation and suchlike are commonplace. War, civil commotion, oppression, deprivation and greed are probably greater threats to well-being than the diseases that affect individuals. So our society is said to be sick and it struggles in vain, it seems, to control the symptoms, signs and effects of its sickness. People tend to attribute problems in society to poverty, poor education, lack of family control and similar, and seek solutions in political action. By contrast, the Bible says that when a society rejects God it becomes sick! Of course, everyone in health care is concerned with social well-being. Jesus was supremely concerned. He is the good shepherd who seeks the welfare of all people. The gospels recount his love and care for everyone, how he healed the sick and cared for all. So today, let us in humility and acknowledging the love we receive in Christ, reflect the goodness of God in our society. We seek that day when every person, regardless of age, sex, or ethnicity will be truly free to enjoy life in all its fullness.

Written by J Harold Jones from UK

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