February 17, 2020
February 17, 2020, 6:00 AM

Sin sick: part IV


So, I am pretty sure that this will be the LAST in my sin sick series. I want to take a look at causes and consequences.


Since before biblical times, people made connections between our moral choices and our physical health. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 9, we read:

1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”


Jesus was quick to assure his disciples that neither option was accurate. (You should read the chapter for yourself, it’s worth it!)


Yet even today, some people assume that good health is proof of some kind of sinless living, and sickness is proof of God somehow judging and punishing a person. The reality is that we get sick for some of the same reasons we sin, bad choices. We make bad health choices, and we get sick. We make spiritual mistakes and we sin. The only thing they both have in common is consequences.


Yes. Consequences. We can be forgiven and we can regain our health, but there are consequences.


This past fall, I began the process of becoming a member of the National Ski Patrol, hoping to serve at our local hill, Powder Ridge. It’s a two-part process. Part one is an emergency medical responder course tailored to the non-urban rescuer called “Outdoor Emergency Care.” It's a 120-hour adventure, and it is REALLY hard. I studied hard and I passed! I then became an Emergency Care Technician and was allowed to patrol the hills, providing medical care to those needed.


Part two was the on the hill training. It took place on Sunday mornings at 9 am. I worked out a deal where I could attend late and began learning how to better ski and snowboard, load patients into the toboggan, and transport them safely into the ski patrol room.


What no one could know was that I would get sick a couple times this winter. It caused me to miss some really crucial parts of the training. Between my absences and late arrivals, I realized I was just not ready to take the test. In discussion with the Ski Patrol leaders, I stepped out of the process. Rather than repeat the training next year on Sundays (a huge schedule conflict), I will be taking it at another ski hill that trains on a different day. God willing, I’ll be a full member next year sometime.


Why did I tell you all this? Because when it was happening, I felt like I had done something wrong. Like I had sinned. I worried that people would find out I didn’t make it and assume that I had done something wrong. I didn’t do anything wrong, I just got sick. But…


The truth is sometimes the consequences are the same. We lose out. People get hurt. Someone has a bad day. Sin. Sickness. Both are facts of our human condition. May God save us from both of them, without fail and without end.


In God’s Grip,

Pastor Mark

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