Tuesday, May 17, 2011

No More Heavy Patients?

Today I read the story of doctors refusing to treat patients due to their weight.  While their equipment may not be capable of handling heavier individuals there is also concern that these patients are high-risk.  Is this wrong for the doctors to do?  While there are definitely individuals who overeat and bring obesity upon themselves, this is not always the case.  Regardless, there are many diseases and conditions caused or exacerbated by risky behaviors or addictions.  Where do we draw the line?  Shouldn't all life be sacred?  Should anyone be refused due to their age, addiction to cigarettes, or a previous medical condition?

I thank God that He the Great Physician does not refuse to treat those who are bound by the disease of sin.  He seeks to deliver the sinner through salvation.    Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.  Mark 2:17  How can He treat those who are oblivious to their terminal condition? How wonderful it is to have the Holy Spirit reveal to us our sinful condition and then proceed to draw us to the Father. 

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