Today's post is probably going to anger some people. My blog tends to be personal, focused on my books, family, writing, and fun events like the upcoming Modesty Matters and Say Yes to the Modest Dress event. But, sometimes, God places something so heavily on your heart that you know you have to obey His call to write about it.
Because "We ought to obey God rather than men."
The issue? Medicine.
Some would ask why medicine would be an issue? And, actually, it isn't. The real issue is what people do with it. And how people allow it to control them.
For the record, I am a firm believer in balance. I studied herbs in high-school, I give my husband lavender and sambucol when he is sick, and I take my garlic, probiotics, and eat my salad. Antibiotics saved my life on more than several occasions. I take steroids for my severe auto-immune issues when I have to. I take care of mild illnesses at home with natural methods; I see my conventional doctor, eye doctor, and specialists when I need to.
Medicine is good. Doctors are good. Herbs are good. Essential oils are good.
But who is our trust in?
I'm going to be really, really blunt. Obsession is a super easy thing to fall into. We probably all have little things we get obsessed over. It comes and goes in all of us. As long as we are careful, it won't hurt us.
But the minute we start letting things control us, we are in a bad place.
The cycle is vicious. Desperate, sick people do desperate things. And, in desperation to get help, they turn to different forms of medicine. For some, it's conventional. For others, it herbs/oils/clean eating. I understand. As someone with two diagnosed auto-immune disorders and multiple other problems that baffle doctors, I understand what's it like to be desperate. Sickness hurts. You want help. You want it to away. You will try anything to get it to go away.
And, when you find something that is working (or you just think is working), you become addicted. Controlled.
The problem? People who are controlled by something other than God often take the next step. And, unfortunately, the next step is often spiritual. It could be pills - and you slowly slip into practically worshiping your doctor. It could be herbs/essential oils - and you begin to accept New Age medicinal practices or even pure quackery (sometimes administered by people who claim to be Christians). The desperation and addiction to medicine rises to the next level, often resulting in spiritual blindness and allowing one's self to be placed under the influence of the occult, satanism, and paganism under the guise of medicinal help.
I've seen it happen many times. Christians start allowing themselves and their children to be placed under a spirit that is not God's. They allow the New Age and the occult to influence them. Quackery, Eastern religion, and demonic influences snare and control them - often after they turned to a so-called "Christian" for help. I've known people who name the name of Christ allow quack herbalists to wave magnetic wands over their children or allow the "doctor" to consult an image on the wall in the next room before making his diagnosis. I've known those who use midwives who practice hypnotism and quack medicine.
What does the Bible say about this?
- "But refuse profane and old wives' fables..." - 1 Timothy 4:7.
- "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." - Ephesians 5:11
We should never be so desperate for medicinal help that we turn to the occult, New Age, Satanism, Eastern Religions, or quackery - in any form.
Even if one does not come under those demonic influences, addictions can sometimes become life-consuming. Whether it's a supplement or an essential oil, it can become a dangerous obsession. The following may help shed some light on the differences between a controlling addiction and the way God intended medicine to be used:
- Who do we turn to first when we are sick? God in prayer? Or an essential oil?
- Do we post on social media more about God or are we notorious be harping on medicine, oils, herbs, vaccines, or something else? In other words, what are we defined by?
- Do we give all credit to a medicine (in any form) or to God? In other words, does a medicine get 100% of the credit for our happy, healthy, amazing lifestyle - or does God?
God is a jealous God. He is a consuming fire.
Did He create herbs? Yes. Did He give doctors the intelligence and strength to help us? Yes. Have there been some amazing breakthroughs in medical history and we should take advantage of them? Yes. Should we do our best to be healthy and take care of ourselves? Yes. Should be appreciate doctors and herbs alike? Did God give us a brain and intend us to use it? Yes!!!
But God comes first. Faith in Him comes first. He is our Jehovah-Rapha - the Lord who heals. And any time I start relying on myself, my herbal treatments, my doctor, my steroids, anything - God always whispers a gentle reminder in my heart. The HE IS THE GOD WHO HEALS. Not man. Not herbs. Both are awesome, but it is the Lord we must rely on.
(And, no, I'm not one of those people who believes in faith healing, or, that if you have enough faith, your medical problems will vanish. Nope. Totally un-Biblical. But saving that for another time...)
So are we controlled by? Who (or what) is our faith in?
Some would argue that they are putting their faith in God by using a particular product - because He created it! Or that they are serving God be helping others by continually marketing a product. Sometimes that is true and sometimes it isn't. The people around you can see really quickly whether you are about helping others or being a pushy marketer. The people around you can sense whether you give glory to God for healing or whether you are worshiping the creation more than the Creator.
I praise God for the turmeric which brought the swelling down from one of my auto-immune diseases in time for my wedding. I praise Him for the steroids which calmed my system down on more than one occasion. But, most of all, I praise Him for healing me when doctors, herbs, and medicines couldn't. Psalm 103:2-5 means an awful lot to me.
- "Bless the , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."
Let's not be like the lepers who accepted God's goodness in healing them and forgot to thank Him for the miracle. Let's not worship the creation more than the Creator. And let's never turn against God's Word in participating in the occult, New Age, or any form of medicine that exalts itself against Jesus Christ (and remember, even if it works, that doesn't make it right! There is some scary, dark stuff out there and Christians can be deceived.)
I think I'll go spray on some lavender now... Methinks I'm going to need it. ;)