I’ve been interested in healing lately. All kinds, really. Conventional medicine, supernatural healings, community development…the gambit.
If I were to examine the life of Jesus Christ, I would say that he was interested in both personal and social healing. His preaching of a new Kingdom in front of large crowds seemed to be just as impactful as when he visited someone’s home and healed them or had dinner with sinners.
But which one, either personal or social, takes priority? How do you create effective and lasting change? Do you begin with the personal and then move to the social, or just the other way around?
I ask because it seems people are heavy on one or the other. Some get pretty political with you in conversation early, while others will sit for hours if need be to provide care and encouragement to someone in need.
And you may answer “both.” That’s fine. But with the time and attention needed for individual healing care, it hardly seems there is any time or emotional capital left to strategize over the big picture.
So which one do you lean towards?