The Ebola virus that has claimed hundreds of lives in Western Africa is coming to Atlanta, and today the 2nd Ebola patient is arriving from Liberia.
The two patients, that have been transported back to the States are American citizens who have served abroad as health workers/ missionaries. Along with
“Should people, infected with something that can produce “
That is the question that seems to have everyone talking- from Donald Trump to the Rev. John Piper. (I never thought I would see those two names in the same sentence.)
Not surprisingly, I have found myself readily agreeing with John Piper and many others who have pointed out that Jesus served the infirm and unlovely. Yes, He did! Plus, wouldn’t these people’s families want their loved ones to be cared for in their home country? Yes! And, aren’t these people American citizens who should get the best treatment we can provide? Yes! Also, aren’t the health care workers and facilities in the US better equipped to care for these folks? Yes! Ultimately, isn’t the risk so small that it is worth it? Yes! I mean isn’t the very essence of the Gospel that Jesus came to people who are terminal with sin and offered His mercy and grace? YES and YES again. To me bringing them home just makes perfect sense, and
As I was pondering this seemingly simple question of homecoming, a far more difficult question struck me- one for which I do not have such an easy answer. So play along and ask yourself this question. Discuss it over dinner or in your small group.
Mentally close your eyes.
Come on… do it… mentally close your eyes.
Keep many of the variables of this situation the same: A US citizen contracts the Ebola virus in Liberia. They will likely die in 2 weeks time if they are not treated with
Ok… open your eyes.
How did you vote?
For me, it isn’t as easy of a question without the picture of the handsome bearded doctor or the missionary surrounded by happy children. Bring home a criminal? Give him mercy and grace? Hmm… but a criminal… doesn’t… deserve… it.
Again, I am confronted by my shallow understanding of mercy and grace; I am confronted