From the earliest years of the church, Christians have been involved in health care. In Roman times there were no public clinics or hospitals. The sick were sometimes even left to die in the streets. But the early Christians believed God wanted them to care for all who were suffering. When a terrible plague hit the Roman Empire, it was the Christians who took care of the sick and dying. They did this despite the risks to their own health and the persecution they faced under the Romans.
Today, God is still calling us to show his compassion and love by caring for the sick. The church can play a special role in offering spiritual and psychological support as well as practical health care. It is also an excellent platform for spreading accurate messages about how to stay healthy.
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