In recent years, attempts to purge this great nation of its Christian heritage have become increasingly popular. We are frantically removing all things Judeo-Christian from our public buildings, Prayer has been band from schools, in Santa Monica California the local authorities were forced to remove all Christian displays from the public areas, and some have even suggested taking the unique and most beloved declaration “In God We Trust” off our currency. Despite these “progressions”, have we as a community benefited? There is an overwhelming amount of data to suggest that we have not, so much so that I am not evening going to explore or unpack any of it. In light of our antichristian efforts in the public arena, should we now consider pursuing the same unsuccessful agenda within our healthcare system? The data would suggest otherwise!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Christianity and Health... By Gregory de Roo
In the article http://www.cmf.org.uk/publications/content.asp?context=article&id=25627, the health benefits of Christianity are clearly explained. Research shows that people who regularly attend church and have faith live longer than those who don’t allowing the average white person to gain 7 years of life and the African Americans a whopping 14. The overall improvement in health associated with Christianity has been very consistent with my own personal experience. I have been faced with three major family medical crises over the past few years and they all played out according to the statistical findings mentioned in the CMF article. The first instance involved my father (a nonbeliever), the second involved the premature birth of my daughter (all Christians), and the third involved my Mother (also a Christian). As these awful events played out, I got to witness first hand the benefits of faith-filled life. For years, my father struggled with his illness as he couldn’t accept the relatively mild long-term consequences of having his colon removed. He finally submitted after months in Van Der Bildt hospital and multiple near death experiences. To this day he still has feelings of bitterness and anger. The second instance and one extremely dear to my heart involves the birth of my daughter. Last year on August 3rd, my wife gave birth to our two and a half month premature daughter after going into labor 5 weeks earlier at the 24 week mark (frontier of fetal survival). We had thousands of people all over the world Praying for the health and safety of our daughter with us. My wife was in the high-risk maternity ward for the 5 weeks preceding my daughter’s birth and during that time we became friends with the many couples in similar situations. As we discussed our personal situations and how we were coping, it became apparent to me that faith plays an enormous role in our mental as well as our physical wellbeing. The final instance mentioned above involves my mother who a few weeks ago was diagnosed with stage 4 invasive lobular breast cancer. Despite the gloomy reality, we have decided to walk this walk in faith and have been able to find peace in very disturbing and troubling times.
As human beings, faith has (or should have) a pivotal role in our personal, professional, and public lives. The benefits of faith clearly and thoroughly out way the perceived negatives and frequently results in both improved as well as longer lives.
As we say in South Africa; UNkulunkulu anganibusisa nonke, God seen jou almal, God bless you all!