6 January 2012, by tpotisk
Should a Christian Doctor share his or her faith with patients?
This issue is often a conflict for professionals like doctors because on one hand, The Great Commission reads “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19, 20.
On the other hand we read from St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.”
So, what should we do?
Below is an example of a sports professional sharing his faith:
When Tim Tebow revived the failing fortunes of the team in the fall of 2011 he was revered in Denver as something like the second coming of John Elway. After he replaced Kyle Orton, the amazing Broncos won seven of their next nine games. Three of those wins were in overtime, leading some to wonder if Tebow’s very openly expressed Christianity was bringing miraculous divine intervention. Tebow’s quarterback ratings were never very good, however—he ranks only 24th on the list with a rating of only 77, and he is averaging only 128 passing yards a game. Somehow the Broncomaniacs on the Front Range thought that Tebow had been slighted by being passed over for the Pro Bowl, but that unlikely scenario was not helped by the Broncos’ losing the last three games. The final loss was particularly galling—to the Kansas City Chiefs, proud new owners of Kyle Orton—in a game in which Tebow managed only 60 passing yards. But—the Broncos still made the playoffs at 8-8.
In moments of triumph Tebow drops to one knee to give glory to God. Even his most contemptuous critics must realize that he is utterly sincere, but that doesn’t stop their sarcasm. In week 8 Detroit Lions’ linebacker Stephen Tullock broke through the Denver blocking to sack Tebow, and in celebration he dropped to one knee, mocking the downed quarterback. After the Broncos were pasted on Christmas Eve by the Buffalo Bills, noted skeptic and atheist Bill Maher tweeted, “Wow, Jesus just (screwed) #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is Tebowing, saying to Hitler “Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.” Maher was not particularly worried that he had crossed a line. “All u J-freaks having a cow re my Tebow tweets pls go back to the much longer piece we did on 11/4 Real Time and have a proper heart attack,” he tweeted later.
Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers is known as a Christian, but when asked if he supported Tebow’s dramatic public expressions of his faith he just laughed and quoted a line attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.”
– excerpted from an article by Pastor Mark Jeske at Time of Grace Ministry, timeofgrace.org.
I conclude, that at least for doctors, it should be realized that patients come to us for help with their physical health and not for a spiritual lesson. But a doc should not hide the fact that they are Christian if so. And when appropriate, a suggestion about faith can be made carefully, perhaps by first requesting permission.
Here is an example: “I understand and sympathize with you regarding the stress you are experiencing Mrs. Jones. In my Christian faith I’ve learned some scriptures that can help a person like you better deal with it. Can I share them with you?”
And there is good reason to use phrases like “Thank the Lord, If the Lord wills, Praise God, and God bless you.”
Stranger things have happened, but in a recent game against Pittsburgh, Tim Tebow through exactly 316 yards at an average of 31.6 yards each. Coincidence? You be the judge. Tim
“The Denver Broncos’ playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night was unlikely enough, but Tim Tebow’s passing yardage — the Christian quarterback threw 316 yards — sent commentators over the edge. The Associated Press reported that he also averaged 31.6 yards per completion. The religious connotations to John 3:16, a famous Bible verse, were too much for many to chalk up to chance.”
As holistic and vitalistic doctors, Doctors of Chiropractic especially recognize that spirituality is a vital component of whole health and wellness. We Christian Chiropractors have an obligation both as caring doctors and as followers of Christ to tactfully share the Gospel.
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