Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bad Medicine

“There's nothing wrong with you.”
The doctors said as they did test after test.
Or at least that the story I heard
as his body wasted away.
Rail thin and wracked with pain

But there was another story
whispered in English so no one could
understand, of one test
that did come back postive.
And he just didn't want to face the results.

The first story I heard from his own lips,
and the lips of his mother. A sad story
about incompetent doctors
who saw obvious symptoms but drew no conclusions.
The second from his brother-in-law.

I met him on a hospital bed on his last night
and we read passages from Romans
and prayed to the Doctor.
And he found a peace that he had never known,
...and my friend, his brother-in-law said 
the change was remarkable.

Cambodia, Nazi Germany, the A-bomb
The Congo, Rwanda, Joseph Kony,
Stalin, North Korea, Saddam and Bin Laden...
And day by day one hears of the symptoms:
petty tyrants, corruption, greed, apathy,
oppression, slavery, injustice, theft, lies,
infidelity, abuse, deceit and murder...

Are the doctors incompetent?

They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.”
Jeremiah 8:11

...or is it that the world knows, but doesn't want
to face the truth of it's desperate state?

“...who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
Romans 1:18-20

I sure feel like I don't know much these days.

But I do know that yesterday
on a dark morning a
good man died, leaving a wife and
two young children.

I don't know 
who closed their eyes 
but looking 
the other way 
never healed anyone.

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