With breast cancer being such a widespread and common disease, more people are realizing it does not discriminate. Men get it. Women with no family history get it. And as was the case of 10-year-old Hannah Powell-Auslam in May 2009, even little girls get breast cancer. It is a mean disease that affects entire families, and has visited the home of many Christians and good-hearted people.
While there are myriad scientific and non-scientific theories of why breast cancer strikes, the reality is that we are in a fallen world. Our environment has become toxic, life is increasingly more stressful, and many chemical enemies of good health are constantly at war with our bodies. In the devastating wake of cancer diagnoses some have suggested that God is the initiator of such great evil.
What we must remember is that in the Garden of Eden there was no sickness or death before Adam’s fall from grace. Humans were created in perfection to commune with God in complete harmony. But when Adam sinned, the world changed forever. Both spiritual and physical death became man’s end. Stresses of life, pollutants, poisons, medical anomalies, scientific mysteries, plagues, and diseases progressively invade life here on earth.
In Scripture we are told that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The shell that we live in is still subject to sickness and disease, but the Spirit of God living within us is eternal. For this reason God tells us to remember that life on this side of Heaven is impermanent. This is not our home. Even Christians are destined to suffer before we enter God’s eternal rest, whether it be cancer, diabetes, mental illness, financial turmoil, family betrayal or anything else. What we must do is remain vigilant about our spiritual, mental, and physical health and abide in the Lord’s hand in everything.
So when something as staggering as cancer assaults our temple, we need to press into the comfort of Christ for strength and remember that our ultimate healing is when we breathe our last, whenever that may be, and finally reach our eternal home with Him.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” –Colossians 3:1-4