by Robert C. Frank
An observable and indisputable truth is that civilization improved very slowly for thousands of years and now it is improving very rapidly. My view of why this is happening is that the rapid improvement is being produced by the teamwork between Christianity and science.
The servant leadership teaching of Jesus Christ during his life on earth made humans aware that every human life was important. He healed the sick regardless who they were and taught people to take care of each other. His death and resurrection brought forgiveness that provided healing of human relations. Unfortunately, without science, Christianity was limited in the tools it had to work with to carry out God’s plan. Science provides the knowledge required for technology and technology produces new tools to aid people with special needs. For more about science's contribution to Christianity see the slide presentation "How Science Aided the Spread of the Gospel" that appears on the right.
One example of Christianity-science teamwork is the construction of a children's hospital in Tanzania by International Health Partners. Leaders, Dr. Dennis Lofstrom and his wife Paula have been visiting churches in the USA for some time seeking financial support. Motivated by Christianity and aided by science the hospital developed slowly at first and now the buildings are going up more rapidly and being equipped with modern medical equipment. Read about their work at www.ihptz.org which is ongoing, but many African children are now beginning to receive the medical aid they need.
Christmas is a time when we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into the world. It seems to me that the best way we can do that is to make it a day to honor every human life. I believe as Philip Hefner describes in his book The Human Factor that every person is intended to be one of God’s created co-creators. We obey the commandments to love God and each other, not to earn our way to heaven, but because they are part of our vocation as God’s assistants. In honor of Jesus Christ, Christmas is thus a time to celebrate our love for each other.
Robert C. Frank
Author of Christ’s Team