Always Be Ready
1 Peter 3:15b
“…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Not long ago, a member of our Creation Moments staff went under the surgeon’s knife. Cancerous growths had been discovered through a routine colonoscopy, so to keep the cancer from spreading, the growths and his ascending colon were surgically removed.
During the pre-op office visit, the surgeon smiled and told our intrepid creationist: “Look on the bright side,” he said. “In addition to removing part of your colon, I will also be removing your appendix so you’ll never have to worry about appendicitis.”
The patient agreed that this was, indeed, a very good thing. But his smile quickly turned to a frown when the surgeon added, “You won’t miss your appendix. It’s just a vestigial organ that you never really needed.” What a thing to say to a creationist! Without missing a beat, our staff member asked the doctor if he was aware of studies showing that the appendix is not a vestigial left-over from our supposed ape-like ancestors. He added that the appendix is now known to be an essential part of our body’s immune system.
But the surgeon wouldn’t budge because this is what he had been taught in medical school. Rather than argue with the surgeon who would soon be cutting him open, our staff member decided it would be best to continue the conversation on another day. And so it shall. But he learned a valuable lesson that day. He learned that opportunities to share the truth of biblical creation can arise at anytime … even during a routine doctor’s visit.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunities You give me to share biblical truth with others. Amen.
Author: Steven J. Schwartz
Ref: This is one of the articles our staff member is sharing with his surgeon: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401080/Do-You-Need-Your-Appendix.html. Photo: Vermiform appendix. (PD)
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