The Evangelical Christian Voice in Chiropractic Since 1953
The 2019 CCA Auxiliary Scholarship
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THIRD PLACE ESSAY
Chiropractic care, as a noninvasive, problem-solving, holistic mode of healing represents multiple doctrines of the Christian faith. Whether known or not, all medical professionals are looking at the same thing: God’s creation of humankind. Christian chiropractic care is a different vision of looking at the body - embracing physical as well as spiritual healing. God created the world and all that inhabits it as seen in Genesis 1-2. 2 Corinthians 3:18 explains that humankind is “being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory.” As Creator, God is the source of all things and is concerned with the well-being of humanity because we are the summit of His creating activity.
Choosing chiropractic care allows the doctor to see the patient as a whole person, considering all aspects of their lives as opposed to seeing just a specific damaged tissue. We reflect Christ’s love for the whole person when we choose holistic care. The chiropractic profession also offers the opportunity to witness to patients due to increased face time. In John 5:6 Jesus asks an invalid, “Do you want to get well?” It is evident in this passage, as well as several other recorded miracles, that Jesus cares about the individual’s physical being and faith. Compassion is what compelled Jesus to perform miracles and should fuel us to be set apart in the healing process as well. Emylee Thompson is a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. She is to graduate in October of 2021. She became a member of the CCA in 2017.
Emylee Thompson
Christian chiropractors have the mindset of healing God’s creation from the impact of sin, specifically as it relates to the prevalence of disease and condition of human suffering. While there is opportunity to rejoice because of the reconciling work of Jesus, redemption will be complete once Jesus returns. In this ‘now not yet’ time period, our bodies groan inwardly awaiting complete bodily redemption (Romans 8:23-4). Romans 8:28 announces the purposed good (in everything, including suffering) that God will give to those who love Him! Chiropractic models the character of Jesus through the power of touch. The word ‘chiropractic’ is derived from the Greek word meaning “done by hand.” The power of God’s hands is mentioned in Isaiah 67:8, “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” The very first acts of creation were completed by God’s spoken words and His hands, emphasizing the power of touch within creation. Psalm 139 describes God’s intimate creating process of each one of us. Jesus’ ministry and holistic healing touch is mirrored in the work of a Christian chiropractor. In Genesis 2:15, God gives Adam the responsibility to cultivate and keep the garden. Today, we have the honor of caring for God’s people. Chiropractors directly practice both ‘working’ through physically practicing their vocation and ‘keeping’ by performing adjustments on what God finds most valuable: His people. Of course, God could do this directly, but He has chosen to use man as His instrument. God created doctors with the gifts of healing and the ability to interact with others to preserve the ‘garden.’
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“What is unique about being a Christian chiropractor.” by: Emylee Thompson Palmer College of Chiropractic