“Being a doctor is just delaying people’s deaths.”
Have you heard this line before? It’s an argument used to encourage people into full-time vocational ministry. The idea is that medicine isn’t worth doing because everyone eventually dies and ministry is more valuable because it lasts into eternity.
That sounds like a fine logical argument. But I don’t think it’s right.
Because it’s not how Jesus acted when he was on earth in the first century nor how he acts today. This is the God who gives each person each day, who upholds you by his powerful hand, who knows every blood cell and neuron.
Jesus is creator not just saviour. This gives medicine and healing professions great dignity. It makes them worthwhile.
I’m passionate about seeing the right people encouraged into vocational ministry but even that term creates an unnatural divide. There’s a sacredness to the professions as well, a following in Christ’s footsteps.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.