20 January 2022
Mine or God’s?
Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1: 5
Health care is a service industry in which the patient is, or should be, king. This principle is enshrined in patients’ charters and, certainly, the Bible is on the side of the oppressed. It provides no excuse for exploitation of the weak.
The question is how far can Christian health carers go in seeking their own rights? It is one thing to champion the cause of the downtrodden, needy and untreated, but it is another to argue selfishly for one’s own interests. The answer is found in the Bible for, by contrast with human charters, its main thrust has to do with God’s requirement that his people are set apart for his service, to live lives pleasing to him: ‘He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6: 8)
So, for the Christian health carer, the answer is quite simple. God’s requirements are pre-eminent. In acting justly and loving mercy, it is likely that patients’ interests will come before our own. This is a viewpoint that may not always endear us to our colleagues but it is in accordance with the highest principles of professionalism. We can only act this way if we are truly holy; holiness based on a personal relationship with Jesus, who died for us, who rose from the dead and who for ever lives as our representative, so that God sees us in Christ. How often have we seen radiant holiness and divine power in individuals who yielded their lives to God and who, even in their darkest moments, were ablaze for God? Another day we will look at holiness but for today as you wonder about your rights remember that the Christian seeks first to fulfil God’s requirements.
Read: Romans 8: 1–17.