Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Is This What Church Fights are Like?

Reuters carried this story today:
Fighting Surgeons Leave Patient in the Lurch

BELGRADE (Reuters) - A routine appendix operation in Belgrade went badly wrong when two surgeons started fighting and stormed from the operating theater to settle their dispute outside, the daily Politika reported Wednesday.

Surgeon Spasoje Radulovic was operating when his colleague Dragan Vukanic entered and made a remark that started a quarrel, said the anesthesiologist on duty.

"At one moment Vukanic pulled the ear of the operating doctor, slapped him in the face and walked out," she said.

Radulovic followed and an all-out fight ensued, resulting in bruises, a split lip, loose teeth and a fractured finger.

The operation was completed successfully by the attending assistant doctor.
Is it just me, or is that a picture of many churches you know? I don't recall who asked the question: "Is the church a museum for saints or a hospital for sinners?" Assuming it is the latter, what does it say when the physicians (believers) are so busy arguing with one another that the patients (unbelievers) are dying?

Jesus told his followers, ". . . I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." (John 13:34-35, NLT)

Do you suppose the converse of Jesus' statement is equally true?

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