I’m going to ask you a question and I would like you to write down your first response. What is sickness?

Let me ask you a follow-up question: Was your answer to the first question mainly physical?

If yes, then the rest of the post is for you and others like me who have been conditioned to think of sickness in mostly physical terms. Jesus said:

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2.17

Sickness is much more than bodily disfunction. I say more because it definitely includes the bodily. How do we use sick in our culture?

– Accumulating more than I need.
– A situation can make us ‘sick’.
– Emotions can make us ‘sick to the stomach’.
– I am worried ‘sick’.
– He has ‘sick’ thoughts.
– Telling ‘sick’ jokes.
– Home sick.
– When someone does something awful we say that the person is a ‘sicko’.

One of the definitions in the dictionary is:

“spiritually or morally unsound or corrupt”
When I think through all these uses of the word sick then I must confess that I’m sick and in need of a Physician. How about you?

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