Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Nehemiah 7-9; Acts 3
Wednesday’s: Nehemiah 10-11; Acts 4:1-22

Beatrice Vance died in a medical facility while waiting nearly two hours to receive treatment for a heart attack. The forty-nine-year-old woman’s death on July 29, 2006 in Waukegan, Illinois was ruled a homicide because of the fact that she was not treated. At the coroner’s inquest, a jury declared that she died as “a result of gross deviations from the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised in this situation.” Deputy Coroner Robert Barrett testified that nearly two hours elapsed before she was seen by a doctor after complaining of classic heart attack symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath and chest pains.[1]

The September 14, 2005 verdict definitely has implications for Christians. If physical neglect can be ruled a homicide in the medical community, the same could be said of Christians who neglect to share the lifegiving gospel with people who are literally dying without Christ. The Hippocratic Oath calls for due diligence in saving lives, and the Great Commission implies the same for saving souls.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] Houston Chronicle, 9/16/06, pg. A17.