by Richard L. Burguet •
I have been to the hospital many more times these last few weeks than is typical. I have been to the Emergency Room, to the Medical Surgical floor, to the Cardiac floor, and to lots of places in-between. I have also visited a couple of rehabilitation centers in the last few weeks, too. It has been a busy week of medical needs, walking beside our congregation. It has been a hard week or so for the physical health of our people!
I was thinking more about the spiritual health of our congregation this week than our physical well-being as the days have gone by. In fact, about three weeks ago I skimmed through a book that I had read previously about spiritually healthy churches. All of the above, combined with the emphasis of Mark 7 and 8, brings my thoughts to this: spiritual deafness and blindness is the actual condition of our world. This deafness and blindness is actually a “symptom” of the reality, that without the enlivening work of the Holy Spirit, we are far worse off than the heart patients, or the cancer patients, or anyone else in any of the medical facilities I have visited recently. Spiritual deafness and blindness represent the fact that outside of a living faith in the costly grace of Jesus Christ, we are actually dead. Our world is filled with “dead men walking.”