Illness as Failure: Blaming Patients
Hastings Center Report. 2000 Jul-Aug; 30(4): 7-11.
Caregivers easily see in illness the wages of sin, but the better Biblical guide is the model of God's loving, covenantal commitment to His people in spite of their recurring weaknesses. Although it is sometimes appropriate to warn patients that their habits jeopardize their health, to blame the paitent when health is lost may be to fail to offer care precisely when it is most needed.