CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON by Elton Trueblood (Lakota Sioux)

It is a great mistake to think of the gospel as purely spiritual in nature.    There are spiritual religions, but Christianity is not one of them. Throughout  Christian history there has been concern for bodies as well as souls. There has  been almost as much emphasis upon hospitals as upon places of worship, and the  feeding of the hungry, including those formerly known as enemies, has been a  marked feature of the modern Christian age. This effort to minister to the whole person, rather than merely to spiritual needs, does not represent a departure from the Christian genius, but is deeply rooted in the original gospel.