Did you know anyone today could buy Sports Oxygen in a can? It’s 8 liters of oxygen in a high-pressure can and ideal for high elevation travel, seniors or sports activities. I like that seniors part.
No, I’m not trying to do an info commercial with this Mind the Gap. But in the day and age we live in, at least in the USA, there’s all kinds of stuff to help people who are sick. Whether it’s mountain sickness to valley sickness to flu bugs, we’re living in a wonderful age. There’s been traction with many kinds of cancers where healing is now expected. Even with skin cancer, most dermatologists have a can of freeze or liquid nitrogen to fight the disease and we’re out of that office is less than twenty minutes! Who would have thunk?
I’m not a believer that all sickness is a result of sinning which is a major teaching error some people in my lifetime have tried to sell Christian cultures. Sure, some sickness could be but not all sickness. We read about that in John 9:1-3 where Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind.
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?” 3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (emphasis mine)
I believe all healing comes from God and yes, he uses medicine to get the job done too. Jesus himself said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Matt. 9:12 NLT
But you’ll notice with the man born blind, Jesus didn’t use a can of oxygen or liquid nitrogen or some other modern-day wonder on this fellow. None of that would have worked. And it was clear how the only way this man would be healed was to go beyond the medical approach and what man could offer – ingenious as man can be. Why? So that the work of God might be displayed in his life. James wrote about that in the last chapter of his letter to believers in his day.
There were 17 different sins throughout James (most involving the use of the tongue/destructive speech.) Now as we come to chapter 5, we see it’s possible to have a Spiritual Condition that’s not organic or physical, where it can eventually lead to the physical problems.
The interpretation of this passage has been at the core of major divisions in churches throughout this country. The way we approach what James is saying can move toward spiritual, relational and yes, physical health. But twist it out of context and we will fail to mind the gap for spiritual renewal and restoring fallen believers in the way he’s been showing us throughout his letter.
I don’t need a can of oxygen for that. I need Jesus.