Monday, April 9, 2007

the misguided doctor

i came across this article a week or so ago and i haven't been able to stop thinking about it. it's about a doctor who refused to treat a young girl with an ear infection because her mother had tattoos. it goes on to say that he had office policies in place that don't allow patients to have such things as tattoos, body piercings, etc.

what's disturbing is that this doctor says he is a christian and that his policies stem from his personal beliefs on christianity and wanting to make his patients "comfortable." beyond the fact that these policies probably go against the hippocratic oath he took when he became a doctor, i believe his views on christianity are a little (ok, a lot) screwed up.

God's top two commandments to us is; to love Him (with all your heart, soul, and mind) and then to love our neighbors as ourselves (matthew 22:37-40). it's the type of person with tattoos and body piercings that Jesus personally gravitated towards and ministered to.

i also believe that this doctor's actions do more harm than good. non-christians use these kinds of situations as evidence that christians are hypocritical and, therefore, likely to turn away from christianity.

another way to look at it is; if this doctor's attitude and methods were more like Christ's, he could actually witness to non-believers and bring them to Christ. i wonder if he ever thought of that?

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