Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Like most of you, I’ve had several opportunities in my life to be exceedingly grateful for modern medicine. Another one of those opportunities presented itself recently (as in, this week) and once again, I find myself thankful for doctors and, perhaps more controversially, the industry that produces these medicines.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit contentious in some Christian circles to sing the praises of pharmaceuticals, but as I stated in one of the links last week, what happens if one of these individuals who shuns modern medicine is suddenly stricken with cancer? Would they then be open and amenable to trying chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or *gasp* experimental therapy? I suppose time will tell for some.

Now, to be sure, it may be true that some medicines are over-prescribed or overused, but I’d urge us to use the common sense God gave us when it comes to safely treating our ailments. I further admit that I do personally use some natural therapies myself, but primarily as prophylaxis (and they have so far worked!) rather than treatment for something serious.

Everything can change when our own or a loved one’s life is at stake. Personally, I am thankful that so many life-saving medicines are available to us and that so many more are currently in development. What a gracious God we have to have provided us with these individuals and resources!

Okay, before you unsubscribe forever, remember this: It’s okay to have differing opinions on non-essential issues and rest assured, this is one of those instances. What is essential, though, is that you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • I haven’t read this yet, but it looked interesting so I thought I’d share it.
  • I love writing. I only wish I had more time and ideas.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable, but I warn you, it might make you teary.
  • I haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet, but am looking forward to it.
  • Richard Dawkins doesn’t want to eliminate religion.

We are not sanctified by our good works, rather, because God sanctified us, by grace, He produces good works in our lives. In fact, we do not sanctify ourselves any more than we justify ourselves. Sanctification is God’s work, and His work in us produces good works.

Kim Riddlebarger
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