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Kathy Dingus

 

 

Christians today need a good dose of chemotherapy.  Now…before you start to wonder why I say that, let me explain. 

 Chemotherapy is commonly used as a medication that enters the bloodstream and attacks cancer causing cells.  In the process it also destroys good cells, thus making it such a harsh therapy for the patients. 

We are hearing from the pulpit today, that a relationship with Christ is much more important than just “religion.”  I agree wholeheartedly with that.  There are many different religions in this world, and while most of them do believe in Jesus, probably not all of them who belong to these religions have a wonderful heartfelt relationship with Him.

In our household, we attend three different churches.  My husband attends the United Methodist Church, my 18 year old son attends the Freewill Baptist Church and my Mother, myself, daughter and younger son attend the Worldwide Church of God.  When I tell this to others, I get mixed reactions.  Some are aghast, that we are not united as a family in one secular church.  Some applaud our modern Christianity and comment on how forward thinking we are and accepting of other belief systems.  And to be honest, some just don’t know what to think of our church preferences.  We have often been discussed during those Sunday dinners-on-the-ground, I’m sure.

I feel the important factor in all of this is that we all do indeed have a relationship with Christ, and are not just “Methodists”, “Baptists” or members of the Worldwide Church of God. We are children of the Living King, Jesus Christ, and love him dearly.

I know from past experience, growing up in the Worldwide Church of God, we were so set in our observance of all the “rules” we somehow pushed Jesus right out of our Church…although we thought we were doing “good”  by observing all of these rules, and do’s and don’ts.

Proverbs 14:12 states “there is  a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 15:25 also reiterates this statement.  Proverbs 12:15 states, “the way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” NIV

So if we are “stuck” in OUR way instead of HIS way, and we are following a religion instead of a relationship with him….we might want to take a dose of chemotherapy.  It will kill all the bad along with the good, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

We can start off with a clean slate, and develop a relationship with Christ, and the rest will surely follow.

 I take chemotherapy on a regular basis for Multiple Sclerosis and I know how hard it can be on the human immunity.  I know that I am also, as a Christian, immunized through Grace from the penalty of sin.

Isn’t God good all the time, and much better than a dose of medicine?  In my book, that just about covers  any day of the week.