(Editor’s Note: Kevin Daniel wrote the following as a response to the previous post, “Critique of Sally Gary Conference — No Hope of Healing“. I thought it was important, so I am elevating it to blog post status. –geno)
I have read maybe a 1/3 of the comment (blog post). I found it CLEARLY written, and thoughtfully pursued. It strikes me as a salient question, because, really, it is hovering around an issue with which many of us consider, but which few bring up in public discourse. The issue of which I speak, and of what I read in the little I read, was (essentially): the issue of does hope exist for healing of any kind, and why does God not heal everyone? Maybe that is too reductionist, and I am okay with that.
I wonder if the hope is found in the verse “In weakness is [His] strength made perfect”? That is to say, just as Sally pointed out God has not seemed to entirely remove our selfish impulses, He has still enabled us by the love of His son as deposited in our hearts by/of His Holy Spirit to walk selflessly.
The older I get the more I wonder if healing in the sense of utter removal of woundedness is something all that necessary (on this side of the grave). The same craven need for acceptance and being esteemed worthy which I never received as a child is still a need which persists today, seemingly more virulent. And yet, the desire for God and the desire to walk in ever increasing maturity at times overshadow the brokenness.
Scary as it sounds to say this but what if God is more glorified by our not having the wound removed but allowing it, yet providing the love, the joy, the peace, the patience, the kindness, the goodness, the self-control,the gentleness which that woundedness would otherwise not allow me? Being the utter heel that I am do I even deserve to bring that glory to that power of God? Sure, God could remove it and replace it like some detached mechanic (or some very invested mechanic) who removes a nail from a tire, but the focus becomes the car with the new tires, not the ability of the mechanic to have provided a fast car DESPITE the nail-embedded, flattened tire?
There exists so unfathomably great a number of genetic and contextual maladies which God never seems to heal, and it is scary to think He won’t heal everything (this side of the grave at least). But neither does He leave us alone in the brokeness. Coming back to Sally’s statement to the young man about having to live celibate, and to any person struggling with any such genetic or environmental “issue”, I think she was making the point that it is hard to tell someone “yeah, it sucks but God is better” and have that be anything other than trite dismissal of their pain and fear. In the same breath I think it is far more destructive to suggest that God will heal everything (this side of the grave).