Sickness of the Body

20 03 2009

Hey guys,


So this week I’ve been fighting this cold that just won’t go away.  You ever had one of those?  I’m not the type to get sick very often and when I do I try to just push through it because there’s usually more important things to do than to be sick and I think my immune system should just do its job.  But this week things have been different. 


On Monday the team from WYM that is preparing to go to Kenya in a little less than two months got together to get our shots, our vaccinations for the trip.  You know a little typhoid, yellow fever, polio cocktail of injections.  It was a great bonding experience.  We sat and listened to this very interesting doctor talk about all these crazy diseases that we don’t know anything about and how to eat and take care of ourselves while in a developing country for two weeks.  After our Q&A time with this doctor, (who we all believed has a very cushy job traveling all over the world and then talking to people about it and giving them shots) we each got our individual cocktail of illnesses injected into our arms.  The biggest draw back being that if your body is already fighting a cold it will probably stop fighting that cold in order to fight these new diseases who have infiltrated your body.  Hence the prolonged nature of my afore mentioned cold.


So you’re thinking…”thanks for sharing Katy but we really don’t care about your cold and what does this have to do with anything?”  And I say…”that’s a great question!  Let me take you into the clouded snot-filled realms of my brain and I’ll share.” 


It’s interesting to think about our bodies and how intricately organized they are with complex functions and relationships.  And it kind of reminds me of the Church.  There are quite a few times in Scripture that the image of the human body is used to describe the Church.  With that in mind, think about what happens in a church when it gets sick with conflict or mistrust…the ministries of the Church are put aside or fail because of all the time and energy used to deal with the sickness of the Church Body.  In Matthew chapter 18 the disciples have just asked Jesus who the greatest person in the Kingdom of Heaven is and He starts to talk about the simplicity of childhood and how we must change and become like a little child in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.  There a certain level of health that you only find in childhood.  There’s energy and innocence of mind, our bodies are more nimble and resilient.  We haven’t had the time to pollute our bodies with all the toxins of the world.  It can be the same way with the church.  The longer a church has been around, the larger and more complex and humanly run a Church gets, the more risk there is for human contamination and the more effort needed to stay healthy and focused on Christ.  Right after Jesus gives this talk about childhood he says:   

Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!  If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and   throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.  And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away.  It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

(Matt. 18:7-9)

That is some pretty extreme treatment that Jesus is requiring of us.  But if it’s the Kingdoms of Heaven and Hell that we’re referring to it’s some pretty extreme consequences if we don’t.  What are the treatments that you see the Church needing to be prescribed?  What treatments do we as Western Yearly Meeting need to endure? 


We know that doctors aren’t trying to torture us by giving us prescribed treatments for our illnesses.  We know they have our health in mind and that some times we have to endure pain in order to get healthy.  Are we willing to do this also as a Church?  Are we willing to go through the pain in order to get healthy?  Or are we going to limp along with a bum leg because it’s too painful to cut it off?


Please keep Western Yearly Meeting in your prayers.


To the King!





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