How should we treat the sick?

I was watching Touched by an Angel and it was about a man with AIDS who was dying and he came to his family just before he was to die. The reaction of the dad was saddening. His father blamed himself. His father was hurt and angry. Rather than turning to God, he shut the son out. Rather than sharing the love of a father with his son, he froze him out. Rather than sharing the love of God with his son, the father couldn’t handle what the son revealed.

Monica, in Touched by an Angel tells us that nothing created by God is “queer”. She tells the father that neither he nor the son are perfect, for many reasons. But she reminds us, we dont have to be perfect to receive God’s love. We are like violins, and what ever wood we are made of, the music is always the purest and most beautiful when we put ourselves in the hands of the Master. Thankfully, the father came to understand something of the love of God and then was able to share the son’s last moments with him in love and acceptance.

God tells us to love Him, and love others as we love ourselves (Luke 10:27). Christ gave us an example of love in the story of a man who was of a group of people who were despised helping a sick man (Luke 10:25-37). Christ healed the sick (Matthew 8:16). In fact, Christ said it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick – He did not come for the righteous, but sinners (Matthew 9:11-13). Peter healed the sick (Acts 5:15-16). Paul healed the sick (Acts 28:8). We are told to pray for the sick (James 5:14-15). We see in the parable of the sheep and goats that when we clothe those who need clothes, feed those who need food, visit those in prison, visit those who are sick, we do it to Jesus (Matthew 25: 31-46).

People who are sick need our acceptance and love, not our condemnation, nor our judgement. Christ came for those who need Him – and we all need Him. We’re all sinners. If someone is sick, we should share the love of God with then, regardless of their sins. Christ accepts us, but without accepting our sinful actions. He is to be our model. We are not promoting sin when we accept sinners (Galatians 2:17), any more than Christ is.

Love God. Love others. That is how we are to treat the sick.

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