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Etcetera, Etcetera Are You Willing to be an Etcetera for God? |12|
Radical Conversations with a Young Dentist
Q&A with Dr. Andy Kim on Dentistry, God, and Medical Evangelism |16|
The Ultimate Question: Why?
Young Christians on the Purpose of Pursuing a Career in Health |19|
White coated but not suited? The Forgotten Prerequisite of a Healthy Lifestyle
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The Forgotten Prerequisites: The Real MCAT Eunice Bae RN
tandardized exams are the norm for anyone becoming a healthcare professional. The DAT (dentistry), CRNE (nursing), MCAT and USMLE (medicine), PCAT (pharmacy) are all tests assessing knowledge, clinical judgment and competency in practice. I wrote the Canadian Registered Nursing Exam (CRNE) last summer after spending ten hours per day of drilling as much pathophysiology, critical thinking, and application as I could. By God’s grace I passed, but I can only imagine the stress that many hopeful med school students face when studying for their MCATs! Getting a 4.0 GPA, acing a standardized test, and submitting a compelling application may help us become a medical professional but we often neglect other prerequisite qualities that prepare us to become a well-rounded Christian medical 4
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evangelist. Ultimately, isn’t that what we want to become?
On that note, I’d like to propose another MCAT. Not the one that stands for Medical College Admissions Test which assesses your ability to think critically about basic sciences, but one that summarizes forgotten prerequisites for radical medical evangelism: Modeling, Character, Aim and Training. Modeling: On my way to work I can’t help noticing the irony of passing by health professionals in their scrubs and white labs coats standing outside the hospital puffing on a cigarette. There is nothing worse than seeing health professionals leading unhealthy lives. It is critical for us to set an example, not only in healthy living, but as Christians to uphold a high standard of moral integrity. Christ led by example and we must do so as well.
Character: At the end of the day, what is it that makes the Christian medical professional different from the rest? I believe it is possessing Jesus’ character – qualities such as true compassion, love, humility, and patience. My last semester as a nursing student, I was placed in the ER and had the opportunity to work with a particularly extraordinary physician. He did not work as quickly as the other MDs, but it was because he actually took time to carefully listen to the patient’s concerns, showing genuine care for each and every individual whom he encountered. Through his actions and words, I could see Jesus in him. It is so easy to overlook the importance of a Christ-like character in a fast-paced medical world where efficiency and productivity are valued above true love and compassion. But let’s not forget that these qualities are essential for medical evangelism.
Aim: Being a Christian medical professional means caring beyond just the physical. What purpose does it serve to heal the sick when the true healing that needs to take place is that of the soul? When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, His desire was not so much to quench her physical thirst but have her thirst for the living water which only God provides. In the same
way, our ultimate aim should be to see patients saved from the disease of sin. What nobler aim is there than sharing the gospel to the sin-sick soul? Training: To do medical evangelism, one must first receive evangelism training. Getting into nursing school, attending lectures and working at the hospital trained me to be a competent nurse, but not to do evangelism. It was during my first mission in Cambodia that I learned how powerfully medical work was used to win souls. We must nurture an evangelistic mindset and gain practical evangelism experience. Remember, we are called to be medical evangelists, not simply medical professionals. In the next two issues of RadMED, we will be embarking on an exciting and thoughtprovoking journey exploring the forgotten prerequisites of Christ’s modeling, character, aim and training. My hope is that we can see new vistas of what it means to be a Christian medical professional and by studying the real MCAT, the scores of our lifework will be enough to lead many to eternal life. Expect to be blessed! Eunice Bae, RN
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Etcetera, Etcetera Are You Willing to be an Etcetera for God?
friend of mine recently sent me a Facebook message with a very interesting link. It was for an audio recording of a message delivered by the well-known Christian preacher and author Eric Ludy. The message was powerful to say the least, calling for authentic biblical full, surrender, sacrifice, courage, and commitment. The radical, noturning-back tone of the message resonated with me. But it was a provocative question he asked near the end of the audio that really struck me: Are you willing to be an etcetera for God? What an interesting question! Often when referring to a list of things we typically first mention the most important and summarize the last unspecified ones with “etc”. To be an etcetera is to be unspecified, unnoticed, the least important in a group of things. Thus, Eric Ludy is basically asking whether we would be willing to become a 6
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no-body for Christ’s sake.
Ludy’s question is really about humility, is it not? He’s asking whether we would shun all selfglorification and vainglory in order to become completely humble and selfless slaves of God. He is challenging us to forsake the honor and prestige that this world offers in order to do whatever and be whoever God wants us to be, regardless of how humble and lowly it may seem. I would like to propose that those of us aspiring to be Christian medical professionals must heed Ludy’s challenge if we want to do effective medical evangelism. Greatest barrier to medical evangelism
I first realized the importance of humility back in my first year of university. Being an overly eager pre-med student, I was listening to audio recordings of seminars
held at a Christian medical conference. I recall one particular session of physicians and dentists
But it was none of these. Instead, the greatest challenge narrowed down to pride. Yes you read that correctly â€“ pride, â€œPride, above anything else, was above anything else, was the single greatest the single greatest hindrance to hindrance to medical medical evangelismâ€? evangelism.
discussing the question: What is the greatest barrier to our ability to do medical evangelism? I was totally taken aback by the answer. I was expecting financial constraints, lack of opportunities, or perhaps the inability to squeeze evangelism into their hectic professional lives as the greatest challenges.
This was a revolutionary insight. It meant that I, along with most of my peers, were preparing for medical careers in the wrong way. I needed to redirect my attention from numbers and application forms to the condition of my heart before God. I realized that humility is an essential prerequisite for the aspiring
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radical medical evangelist. Getting to our heads
all of the incredible healings He performed, described Himself as
However, just as it is “Jesus was the humblest difficult to do well in the physician Who ever lived, and prerequisites for medical we must be like Him” school (especially physics!), becoming humble while aspiring or “meek and lowly of heart” (Matt working in a medical profession 11:29, KJV). We may laud Jesus is a tremendous challenge. There for all His healing wonders, but is an undeniable pomp associated He would never praise Himself. with having an “MD”, “DDS” or He was the humblest physician “RN” behind your name and Who ever lived, and we must be everyone calling you “doctor”. like Him. Even being a “medical” or “dental” student invokes a certain Why is being humble like Jesus arrogance and superiority. You relevant to medical evangelism? know you will be idolized by Remember that the purpose of high school and undergraduate evangelism is to point patients to students, and you can be sure Jesus. It is not sufficient to simply some parents at church will be perform a successful surgery, give busy playing matchmaker for an informative health seminar, you and their children! I have or make the right diagnosis. Our found even being an academically patients must somehow see Jesus successful pre-med student in us, including His humility. In hailed by your friends as the next fact, to be proud is to represent the great medical school matriculant devil for he was “lifted up because and physician fosters pride in our of [his] beauty”(Eze 28:17, NKJV). hearts. It is so easy to let all of this So, if a patient receives excellent get to our heads. medical care from us but fails to see Jesus and His humility, Humility of Christ we have failed to evangelize for However, we must resist Jesus. Scary thought, isn’t it? On these temptations to be proud the other hand, after meeting because as Christians we are so many proud physicians and called to represent Jesus Christ other medical personnel, seeing in everything. Jesus was the genuine humility may be the Great Physician Who, despite impetus your patient needs to appreciate and know Christ. 8
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Following God’s will Another reason why we should be humble is because pride may hinder us from following God’s calling for our medical careers. As a pre-med, I often dreamed of being a director of a residency program at a top medical school, an executive physician at a cuttingedge hospital, or the director of a bustling medical clinic. I even entertained lofty thoughts of becoming the director-general of the World Health Organization! Perhaps you have had similar grand aspirations. But could it be possible that the Lord has vastly different plans? What if the Lord wants us to be an
unknown missionary nurse in the middle of Africa instead, or run a small practice among an unreached people group? What if He does not even want you to be a medical professional at all, preferring you to serve Him in the humbler walks of life? Would we forsake prestige, respect, and money to be an etcetera for Him? Don’t get me wrong: there is nothing wrong with becoming a leading physician at a top hospital – if God calls you to be so. But too often our pride drives us to make a name for ourselves and prevents us from desiring, seeking, and submitting to the will of God. Remember, the safest and happiest place to be is in the
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center of God’s will. Humility will lead us there whereas pride will displace us. 100% humility
“To put it simply, we are to be 100% humble, completely devoid of pride”
How humble must we be? Medical schools will often warn pre-meds that simply meeting the minimum admissions requirements is insufficient to matriculate. Likewise, it is not simply good enough to say we must be humble. The question is: how humble? What is true humility?
To put it simply, we are to be 100% humble, completely devoid of pride. Paul says of Jesus that He “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant.” (Phil 2:7, NKJV, emphasis mine). Did you catch that? How much reputation? No reputation! Jesus was willing to make Himself a nobody (a lowly son of a carpenter to be exact) in order to save you and I from our sins, which includes all species of pride. This radical humility He desires to give us as well. Only this sort of humility will empower us to truly stand out and be a positive witness for the gospel. Everyone knows how to be at least a little bit humble some of the time. For instance, a physician may give the impression of humility by minimizing the 10
praises of a grateful patient with a humble-sounding “No problem”.
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But he will then turn around and condescendingly treat his nurse with arrogance. Patients and colleagues alike will be turned off by such pretentious humility. However, the unassuming beauty of true humility will stand out in stark contrast to the air of pride that so often pervades the hospital, clinic, and university and will not fail to impress its beholders. True humility is true greatness
Never forget that true humility is true greatness. Jesus says, “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matt 23:10, NKJV). Just because you are a medical student does not make you greater than those who flunked out of college or failed to matriculate. A “DDS” or “PhD” does not make you one iota superior to the hospital caretaking staff or volunteers you work with, nor does establishing a busy and reputable practice or becoming the next Nobel prizewinning medical scientist. The most servant-like among us are
the greatest among us and will be used mightily by God. Lessons of humility
Do you want to be the next great medical professional? If so, do not forget the essential prerequisite of humility. Instead of studying only our textbooks, we must study the Bible, the textbook on humility, and spend precious hours in prayer in the classroom of God, pleading for Him to cleanse our hearts of all pride. Then thank Him for the lessons in humility He will teach you. Your first attempt at getting into dental school may fail; your MCAT verbal score may be mediocre; your first year in nursing school may be a nightmare. But praise Him for these humbling experiences because the Lord is training you to be humble! Remember that Joseph spent years as a slave and prisoner before God elevated him as a ruler in Egypt. David was Israel’s “most wanted” fugitive before becoming one of its greatest kings. Daniel was dragged across scorching Middle Eastern wildernesses as a POW before becoming Babylon’s top politician. God had to lower Moses from being an overconfident prince to a nameless shepherd before becoming one of the greatest leaders of all time. And of Moses Holy Writ has this commendation: “Now the man
Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth”(Num 12:3, NKJV). Moses was great not simply because he lead the exodus, but because he did so humbly. Likewise, we must be humble if we are to be great Christian medical professionals. Appeal
So, the booming voice of Eric Ludy asks us again: will you be willing to be an etcetera for the Lord? My appeal to you is that your answer will be in the affirmative – yes, Lord, I want to become Your humble servant. We need a new generation of medical professionals who possess Jesus’ perfect humility. I pray that you will be part of this generation and may our Lord grant this to be your experience. .....
Daniel Cho is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Loma Linda University specializing in Health Education.
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Radical Conversations with a Young Dentist Q&A with Dr. Andy Kim on Dentistry, God & Medical Evangelism Dr Kim is a recent graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry who currently practices as an Associate Dentist. Below, he shares his thoughts and experiences of dental school, medical evangelism, and the purpose of Christian dentistry. We pray youâ€™ll glean valuable insights as the Lord leads you on a journey towards radical medical evangelism. â€“ the RadMED Team
Can you start by briefly sharing your journey to dentistry? My initial interest was in mechanical engineering because from a young age, I loved machines. However, by the time I was about to graduate high school, I started to develop an interest in dentistry.
I initially attended the University of Kentucky during my first year of college and decided to take prerequisites for both mechanical engineering and predent. However, I was not satisfied with my life during my first year in college. It seemed like even if I achieved what I wanted, I still would not be happy. So, I decided to attend a Christian 12
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university, hoping that maybe I will find something much more meaningful for my life.
God started changing my life slowly when I started my undergrad at Southern Adventist University (SAU). During my third year at SAU, one of my friends invited me to go to the Dominican Republic with her as an evangelist. At first, I was afraid to go because I had no experience speaking in front of people. However, my friend kept on bugging me so I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go with her. This experience was the beginning of a complete u-turn in my life. I had never felt such satisfaction before. Helping people brings great happiness
but bringing people to Jesus was even more satisfying. I learned so much during the three weeks of preaching every night. Most of all, I learned the joy of bringing people to Christ.
particularly through dentistry?
I came to dental school to use dentistry as a means for medical evangelism. My first mission as a dental student was to Bangladesh. More than 1000 patients were seen in a week. I
When I came back from the mission, I decided to pursue dentistry “To share the gospel through because it is one of the most useful ways healing became my life mission” to help people in need and at the same time to bring them to Jesus. To experienced firsthand the need share the gospel through healing of dentistry in the mission field. Almost everyone needed help became my life mission. with his or her teeth. I realized Many young people want to evangelism through dentistry become dentists because of could be very effective since it the prestige and money. What draws so many people, giving would you say to them? them an opportunity to hear the gospel. Furthermore, most dental My advice would be to not equipment is portable and can set your goal on prestige or be brought to the mission field money because they don’t bring without much difficulty. Medical happiness or satisfaction. You can work is a great way to surpass know that by studying the lives barriers and make connections of those who, despite acquiring with people, ultimately leading everything they wanted, failed to them to Jesus. find satisfaction. Only our Creator can satisfy our hearts and we How about in North America? become truly satisfied when we How can dentists use their are doing what God wants us to profession for evangelism? do. There may be times of sorrow but there will always be joy Since I just graduated dental school, the best answer I can give within. will be what I have experienced Was there an experience during thus far. I believe becoming undergraduate or during dental friends with your patients is school that helped you realize the best way to attract them to the power of medical evangelism,
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Christianity. As a student-dentist, dentistry? sharing my personal testimony on how God has brought me to Just like any other profession, Jesus was my way of evangelizing dentistry is not for everyone. I to my patients who were interested to hear about “…it is just a matter of my spiritual life. Sharing trusting in Him to keep my Christian books may also be spiritual life as my priority effective as well.
even if I may end up failing dental school…”
Entrance to dental school is an arduous task. It requires very high marks and DAT scores, and an intense application process. Not everyone is ready for this. Who would you recommend pursue
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highly recommend to whoever is thinking of dentistry to take time and fully consider what the field of dentistry is all about. I have seen several of my classmates who were very intelligent but were regretting coming to dental school. You need to know what you’re getting into.
I would recommend you to find out what you are capable of. Will dentistry likely be too hard for you? Are you academically strong enough to go through the rigors of dental school? I would also recommend you ask yourself: will I likely enjoy dentistry? Will I actually enjoy fixing people’s teeth, or am I just interested in having that DDS behind
my name? Lastly, which in my opinion is the most important, is to continuously pray to God concerning your future. God knows you best and He will definitely lead you to the right direction. Many students, even those who may have been very strong Christians, struggle to maintain their spiritual life while in professional schooling. How did you manage to balance spirituality, studying, and everything else? The best way to balance your life is to have complete trust in God. In order to have this, you need to spend time in prayer and Bible study even if it means diminished time for studying. The biblical story of Daniel and his friends was a constant reminder to my spiritual life. They were not willing to compromise their faith in God even if He would not save them (Daniel 3:16-18). In the
“…we must all have the character of Christ.”
same way, it was important for me to completely trust in God and put my relationship with Him as my priority regardless of the cost. Because I have no doubt that God loves me, it is just a matter
of trusting in Him to keep my spiritual life as my priority even if I may end up failing dental school because I know that God always wants to give me something better than I can imagine. What do you think is the most important trait that is needed in order to become an effective dentist in terms of medical evangelism?
I believe having a Christ-like character is the most important for any kind of evangelism. We are all born with different personality traits and they all have strengths and weaknesses. As a group, we fill each other’s weaknesses and become one body in Christ. But we must all have the character of Christ – selfless love, humility, patience, moral integrity, unshakable faith in God. What’s one thing you would say to any young person contemplating pursuing a medical profession?
Whatever you do, without Jesus everything is meaningless, even your dream career as a dentist. Remember your Creator in whatever you do. He is the only way, the truth, and the life.
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The Ultimate Question: Why?
Young Christians on the Purpose of Pursuing a Career in Health
hy do you want to become a medical professional? Like most why questions, this is an important one. In fact, I’m sure many of you have been asking yourself this question already and suffering much mental anguish trying to formulate the perfect answer for your medical school essay or dental school interview! This question is especially important for Christians to correctly answer for surely our purpose must be radically different and higher than that of the world. Below, young Christians in various areas of medicine share their thoughts on this simple question: “As a Christian, what is the purpose of becoming a medical professional?” Expect to be challenged, inspired, and blessed! – the RadMED Team The answer to this question has remained the same ever since my medical school entrance interview: deep down I know it is the burden for people. I came to know Jesus Christ through discovering the joy of biblically-based healthy living principles and learning how spiritual health can positively affect physical wellbeing and vice versa. Now, as a physician, I am able to share with my patients my personal experiences of discovering Jesus through healthy living so that this experience can be replicated in their lives. I pursued medicine to encourage and give people the hope and joy of something better than just physical healing, namely spiritual fulfillment and salvation in Jesus.” - Daryl Cheng MBBS, Physician, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia “What an important question! For a Christian, the purpose of becoming a medical professional boils down to love – love for God and love for our 16
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fellow man. Our first and foremost aim should be to “love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls.” Every Christian’s life calling is to glorify God alone. This principle should be reflected in every stage of our professional lives - from making the decision to pursue the profession, in training for the profession, and as a professional. So, we must ask ourselves, “As a medical professional, is my sole desire to bring honor to God?” Secondly, when we truly “love our neighbors as ourselves” we can live in continual service and ministry to those around us. It should ever be our aim to be a blessing to others. Merely becoming a medical professional should not be the destination in life but simply a means by which to carry out the command given in Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Pursuing this profession should only be the beginning of our journey towards heaven, a destination we will not and cannot reach alone. Only in serving others in humility and striving to share the love of God can we fully grasp the love of Christ. Only then can we be a step closer to heaven. So, the question should be asked, “Will the decision to become a medical professional allow me to most effectively bless and serve others?” Finally, we must daily, humbly, and earnestly seek God’s will for our lives, allow God’s will to take control of our lives, and seek to be so in tune with the Spirit that His will essentially becomes our own. Thus, your desire to be a nurse, dentist, or any medical professional will not really be yours, but God’s! What a privilege it is to learn at the feet of the Chief Physician, the giver of Life Himself!” – Sarah Shim OD, Optometrist There are many reasons why young people pursue medicine and health but there is only one that Christ can approve. The greedy mind seeks the high salary, the prideful heart covets the prestige, but the converted soul longs after the salvation of souls. Notice, I did not say that the purpose is to “serve” people. That is not radical enough! Everyone says they want to serve. But Christ’s medical ministry took the meaning of service to a whole new level. One Christian writer once said, “Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world as the unwearied servant of man’s necessity…The burden of disease and wretchedness and sin He came to remove. It was
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His mission to bring to men complete restoration; He came to give them health and peace and perfection of character.”1 The world’s aspiring medical professionals seek to prolong health long enough so people can live some seventy to eighty years. But the Christian young person’s calling is to minister so that people can to live for eternity. This is God’s radical mission for His young medical professionals. - George Cho MFSc, CEP, CSCS, Director, SWEATTraining No matter what career you choose, your purpose should be to use your talents God has given you to give glory to Him. But as a medical professional, you are able to use your talents for a truly special purpose: extend the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ. We too often forget that Jesus Himself did more healing than preaching. He first met the people’s physical needs. But He did not stop there. He ultimately connected them to their spiritual needs. He practiced whole-person care, and that is what we must ultimately do to gain more souls to His kingdom. - Eli Kim MD, Executive Physician, Florida Hospital There’s strong and inseparable links between mind, body, and spirituality. This is why the devil has tirelessly worked and succeeded in creating an environment and society that fosters unhealthy lifestyles and is conducive to disease. By perverting our appetites and enervating our minds, he can more easily stunt our spirituality. In this manner, the devil is preparing earth’s final inhabitants for the last great deceptions that will precede Jesus’ second advent. Biblical prophecies concerning end-time events are being fulfilled before our very eyes. We can be certain that Jesus is coming soon and I believe we will be the generation to witness it. Thus, the purpose of being a medical professional in the waning hours of world history is to use medical evangelism to restore earth’s last inhabitants physically, mentally, and spiritually so that they may be ready for Jesus’ soon advent. - Daniel Cho, Student, Masters in Public Health, Loma Linda University School of Public Health
1. White, Ellen. Ministry of Healing, p 17
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White Coated But Not Suited? The Forgotten Prerequisite of a Healthy Lifestyle George Cho, MFSc, CEP, CSCS
Moderate intensity exercise should be performed on most days of the week.” “McDonald’s and other fast foods are a major contributing factor to the obesity epidemic.“ These were frequent phrases I heard during my years as a Masters graduate student at York University. Yet, often I found my own young colleagues living contrary to the very things they presented and advocated. It caused me to think less of whatever they were saying with their mouths if their lives did not match up. However, there were the rare few who lead lives consistent with their profession.
Contrary to the former, the latter were a tremendous inspiration in my own journey as a fitness professional. I believe that we as aspiring or current young Christian health professionals often overlook the forgotten prerequisite of living a life consistent with our teachings. Whited sepulchers
Jesus had some strong words to say about hypocrisy. In Matthew 23:27, Christ said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but are within
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full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” The scribes and Pharisees appeared holy in public. They wore nice clothing and had the titles of religious office. They preached sermons, sang about holiness, and young pupils would sit at their feet to learn the Ten Commandments. The public looked up to them as exemplary role models. White is a fitting colour to describe a life that is pure, good and holy, and the scribes and Pharisees were viewed as such. However, in their private lives, they were living completely contrary to their own teachings. I cannot help but think of the white coats worn by physicians and the white lab coats of nutrition scientists and hospital technicians. Could it be that we have hypocrisy of a 20
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similar nature within the field of health and medicine?
In our society, it is too often the case that what one says is not what one practices. Many health professionals excel in the regurgitation of information but not with the application of that information to the life. For example, I’ve met graduate students researching nutrition who would drink excessive amounts of alcohol at night and then have the audacity to lecture on the detrimental effects of alcohol during the day. We need a new breed of young Christian professionals. We need a new generation of consistent radicals. Jesus was no hypocrite The
professional will be radically different because they have a radical example. “Never man spake like this man…” (John 22:22, KJV) was the testimony of Christ’s enemies after hearing Him speak. Someone once said of Jesus, that “the reason that Christ spoke as no other man spoke was that He lived as no other man lived.”1 Christ’s words were so powerful because the life He lived was so godly and perfectly consistent with His
responsibility to set an example of health for others. When we do not have consistent lives, we are not as effective in our influence because people do not appreciate hypocrisy. A teaching that is exemplified has more power. Hypocrisy hurts our patients
Also, living inconsistent lives may have the effect of hindering us from sharing important counsel that our patients may need to hear. You probably “the reason that Christ spoke as no have experienced other man spoke was that He lived as this cognitive no other man lived.” dissonance before. For instance, you catch someone words. Christ told His disciples to gossiping but find yourself unable live a radically mission-driven life, to rebuke him because you had and He too lived a radical life of gossiped yourself just the night service (Mark 16:15, Mark 6:31). before! In the same way, it will be He preached that “the meek shall hard for us as health professionals inherit the earth,” and to illustrate to tell people to live healthy this, He washed the disciples’ feet when we ourselves are not, and (John 13:5). Christ said, “For I consequently, the patients will have given you an example …” and not receive the information they then He bids us “follow Me” (John need. This is a serious injustice 13:15; Mark 2:14). Christ took to our profession and the patient. up the responsibility to be an For our sake and for others, we example for us. So must we. Our ought to ask, “what will I need to Savior was not a hypocrite and teach?” and seek now to prepare we must not be as well. my life to be consistent with these things. By virtue of us having an MD, PhD, DDS or any other D behind Taking up the cross our names, or the fact that we are I think one of the problems is that aspiring for such degrees, means many Christian young people lack we are taking upon ourselves the
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self-denial. They call themselves Christian, but forget that, “Whosoever will come after Me (Jesus), let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mark 8:34, KJV). Jesus sacrificed everything to condescend to earth and live a holy life so we can have hope of sanctification. Where are the young people who
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are willing to deny themselves in order to set an example for the thousands of unhealthy people out there?
Paul says, “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak” (Romans 14:21, KJV). Again, in Corinthians, he says,
“Have we not power to eat and to courses. I was accepted on the drink?..... Nevertheless we have condition that I complete organic not used this power; but suffer all chemistry and biochemistry things, lest we should hinder the prior to beginning the program. I gospel of Christ” (1 Corinthians chastised myself for not properly 9:4,12, KJV). The apostle Paul preparing, and endured the is essentially saying that though annoying process of completing he has the right to eat and drink these courses. I wish I had done and do other things, he is willing these prerequisites earlier! But to sacrifice for the sake of the for many of us, we are making the gospel and for others. Likewise, same mistake, not in the courses you may choose to have ice cream we take, but in the unhealthy lives desserts, to snack on Cheetos, to we live. Our inconsistent lives drink that sugary Sprite, to order that high-fat Big Mac, “Where are the young people to get smashed on Fridays, who are willing to deny to never exercise, to live a profligate sexual life, and to themselves in order to set an smoke. But if Paul were here example for the thousands of today, he would ask you: unhealthy people out there?” “Would you be willing to give these things up for the sake of others?” will haunt us in the future. Let us not forget the real prerequisites The appeal to becoming a radical Christian medical evangelist, including So, my appeal is very simple. living a life that is consistent with Many of us young people want the health principles we teach. to be doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, registered . . . . . dietitians, and other highly is a Certified Exercise respected health professionals. George Physiologist and Certified Strength Friends, examine your own life and Conditioning Specialist. He and ask, “Am I living what I’m is currently studying naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College going to be teaching? Would of Naturopathic Medicine. people point at me as genuine or as a hypocrite?” In preparation to go into Naturopathic Medicine, I failed to take some of the prerequisite
1. White, Ellen. Gospel Workers, p 244
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