All Good Gifts

ALL GOOD GIFTS, including science, vaccines, doctors, and medicine, are from God. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17

The general sense is, that God is the author of all good. Every thing that is good on the earth we are to trace to Him, and that includes science, doctors, medicines, and vaccines.

What does Jesus say about doctors?

In Matthew 9:12 Jesus said, “‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”Jesus recognized that sick people need doctors. He did not condemn using doctors and ‘earthly’ remedies. I think it’s important to understand that God (in his infinite wisdom), created certain plants with medicinal properties for healing. In fact, almost all synthetic medicines were made from the components of natural plants. It is not evil nor a lack of faith to take medicines that God has sent for the good of all mankind.

The Drowning Man

There is an old story of “The Drowning Man” which I think applies to those who refuse to take the Covid-19 vaccine. It goes something like this…

A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help. Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.” So the rowboat went on. Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.” To this, the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.” So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.” To this, the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.” So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned.

He went to Heaven where he finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter; you foolish man, why did you reject all the help that I gave you?”

Paranoia among the Christian community is at an all-time high regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine, largely due to political mistrust of our government leaders, medical scientists, and media outlets. Misinformation has also been greatly spewed from church pulpits and popular televangelists.

Is God trying to show you His goodness through other people and medicines? Please do not be like the foolish drowning man and reject a vaccine (medicine) that God has sent for the good and healing of all mankind.

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