Presentation on theme: "Christian Healthcare in a pluralistic world Matthew 5: 13-16 Salt and light."— Presentation transcript:
Christian Healthcare in a pluralistic world Matthew 5: Salt and light
World view (basic beliefs) + healthcare God Human being Ethics/Values/Norms Truth/Science/Research Health/Disease/Death Vision of healthcare Healthcare practice
Common problems of the Christian care-giver Dualism: sacred-secular split Pluralism: non-integrated compartments Individualism: few/no deep friendships Intellectualism: emotionally underdeveloped Professional helper: neglect own psyche Therapon = priest: religion underdeveloped
How deal with common problems? Integrated life under the Lordship of Jesus Heart / family / church / profession / society Prayer, evangelism, discipleship Restoring link local church - healthcare Personal growth and development Relationship with Jesus strong and healthy Follow example of Jesus in relationships Family / friends / church / profession / society Professional growth and development Purposeful interaction other Christians in healthcare
Main entrance of the Creeds Apostle’s Athanasian Nicene Mansion of Christianity Relationship Christians BaptistCatholicOrthodoxPentecostalLutheran Other What is a Christian?
Not yet Relationship Christian Obedient Relationship Christian Disobedient Relationship Christian Wall of Sin I II What is a Relationship Christian?
Relationship Christian: some characteristics Reciprocal love towards God, 1 John 4: 19 Orthodox beliefs / creed, Acts 2: 42 Bible final authority over all, 2Tim 3: Christ is Lord over all, Ps 2; Rev 19: 16 Saved by grace through faith, Eph 2: 8-9 On the throne of my heart, Gal 4: 6; John1: 12 In every sphere of life, Eph 1: Serve Him whole-heartedly, Rom 12: 1-2
1. TRADITIONAL APPROACH Dualistic scientific medicine 2. “NEW” APPROACH Pluralistic semi-scientific medicine 3. A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE Christian healthcare: Total Patient Care Three approaches to healthcare
Dualistic scientific healthcare God: atheism / agnosticism Human: matter; the sum of the parts Ethics: Duties / Virtues / Goals Spirituality: denial thereof or dualism Health: (pneumo)-socio-psycho-somatic (WHO) Healthcare: technology; empiricism; EBM Aim: restore lost functionality; kill the germ Driving force: at best, humanitarian love Care-giver: technologist
Christian healthcare: TPC God: Theism; for Christian: Christ-centred Human: imager 10-facetted whole Ethics: authoritative framework re good/evil Spirituality: In relation to God through Christ Health: 10-facetted shalom Healthcare: focused 10-facetted ministry Aim: specific contribution to shalom Driving force: agape-love Care-giver: called professional steward
Total health: Optimal shalom in all of life MinimumMaximum 1.Faith 2.Ethical 3.Judicial 4.Aesthetic 5.Economic 6.Social 7.Linguistic 8.Cultural/technical 9.Psychological 10.Somatic WHO: 4 of 10
Healthcare, salt and light Salt: Healthcare inside the national system Influence in personal area of authority Working in secular institutions Battling in dualistic / pluralistic reality Light: Developing models alongside the national system Influence through inspiring examples Working in Christian institutions Seeking to integrate all under the Lordship of Christ
Christian care-giver or care-giving Christian? Care-giving Christians have maximum potential to be salt and light for the glory of God Let us seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness in our lives and in our professions together Matthew 6: 33 Relationship Christians are care-giving Christians