How would Jesus engage with the alternate healers of today?
It’s a question I’ve been working again over the last two weeks as I’ve been attending a healing prayer workshop at the local Baptist church. They’ve been going through a course by the same people that brought us Alpha and – since curiosity got the better of me – I decided to go along and for a look see. Picked up a copy of Ken Blue’s “Authority To Heal” while I was at it too. All horribly charismatic and ‘contemporary’ for me I know, but hey, I don’t say I’m eclectic for nothing.
Now I am finding that the course itself is of limited value to me given its focus on application in an attractional church situation, but the subject of healing is incredibly important, both in the life of Jesus and in the life of many spirituality seekers today, and this is giving me useful space to work through some critical contextualisation issues.
On the positive, it has been good that they’ve emphasised repentance from sin and forgiveness of those who’ve been sinned against you as part of the healing process and not focussed exclusively on the deliverance demon busting stuff.
One challenge I have raised though is that inadequate attention has been given to discernment issues or how to contextually engage with non-churched people who may be seeking healing. How would a Wiccan herbal healer or Reiki master or Chakra re-balancer walking through the door interpret Christian healing for instance? And just how do they interpret Jesus? Must go as the baby is crying but that’s just a few stray thoughts. Interested in what others think about healing.