I am not sure whether I am contagious or not. But, if I understood my doctor correctly at my recent checkup, I have it. And, if I understand it correctly, there is good homeostasis and there is bad homeostasis. Presently, I have both the good and the bad.
I am not sure why I have the bad. After all, I have been good for nearly a year now. Yes, I am quite concerned these days that I have bad homeostasis, because that is bad and not good for me. If I had the good homeostasis, I would be in great shape right now.
I have gone through a lot medically, made manifold readjustments under the eagle eye of my Nurse Ratched, and continue to do the necessary things associated with a return to good health. But, the fact that I have bad homeostasis presently is disconcerting. Potentially—-if I perceive things correctly—-I could drop suddenly because of the presence of this bad homeostasis.
So, what is homeostasis? If I understand it correctly, homeostasis is the innate tendency of the body to return to former conditions. That is what is happening with me. Last year, a lot of medical red flags indicated I needed a major overhaul and revamping. The expectation was that after all was done the good homeostasis from younger days would re-occur.
After the overhaul, things looked good for me. Expectations were high. Things got better for a while. But, then the bad homeostasis took over in that in some respects I am back with the manifestations I had previously with a curious sidebar. My body has returned to former conditions of the bad kind.
But, all this consideration of physical homeostasis puts into biting perspective a spiritual concern for myself as well as for you. It has to do with the issue of sin and the homeostasis aspect of it.
The Bible makes it clear that each of us is a sinner by nature as well as by choice. We are sinners naturally and deliberately. Apostle Paul affirmed that “none is righteous,” and that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” To say and believe otherwise makes God a liar, according to Apostle John, who also affirmed that “all unrighteousness is sin.”
Nonetheless, this is a spiritual malady of the worst sort, because sin carries spiritual consequences and certain condemnation. The only thing that gives us hope concerning it involves confession to God about sin, repentance toward God away from sin, and forgiveness from God of sin. The combination of these three necessities sets things right with God, bringing spiritual healing.
The problem is that we all have bad homeostasis concerning sin. Because we are sinners naturally and deliberately, we have the tendency to return to practices of sin in one form or variety, which is bad and not good. Such is the reality about which God has dealt forthrightly.
Because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God righteously and in holiness is able to be a forgiving God. He knows the weakness of the flesh. He knows the shallowness of our incomplete commitments. He knows that we need much forgiveness for the many wrongs we commit, and He is willing to forgive us our sins for the sake of His Son who shed His blood, for God’s honor and glory, and for our benefit.
Some of the sweetest sounding words of the Bible have to do with the forgiveness of God at Micah 7:18-19, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will turn again. He will have compassion upon us. He will subdue our iniquities. He will cast all our sin into the depths of the sea.”
Sinful homeostasis is obviously bad. It is wrong. It is our responsibility to strive to live righteously at all times. But, when sinful homeostasis sets in, God enables us to stay in touch with Him through His great forgiveness empowered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
In the meantime, if you hear that I dropped suddenly, blame it on the bad homeostasis.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.