What makes Christian doctors different?
Michael Miller · Jun 27, 2018
Public confidence in physicians is dropping as the medical establishment becomes more confused about gender and the value of life, Dr. Rod Story is finding. But he hopes they will continue to trust Christian doctors.
Dr. Story, now a Samaritan Ministries member, left Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman, Washington, over conscience issues at the end of 2017. He and his wife, Jenny, started Story Family Medicine, a direct primary care practice, in Moscow, Idaho, shortly after that. Dr. Story had asked to be able to not participate in “transgender” surgeries at the hospital, but was told that request couldn’t be honored.
The prevailing acceptance among medical providers of transgender surgeries and increasing support for anti-life procedures like assisted suicide has confused patients.
“I do think that the medical physicians are finding themselves in a bad light when they have patients who are saying, ‘You don’t even know what a boy or a girl is, how can you give me sane information on my medical condition?’ It is a challenge,” Dr. Story says.
He has also discovered that “there are a remarkable number of Christians who are seeking answers to their physical ailments outside of the medical profession.”
What makes Christian physicians different?
“We’re accountable,” Dr. Story says.
Even Hippocrates, the ancient pagan physician for whom today’s medical oath is named, “knew that the oath he took he could not keep on his own,” Dr. Story says. “He had to be beholden to, in his case, what he thought was God.
“In our case, we know the one true God Who will keep us accountable for the way that we treat our brothers and sisters, and the way we behave like the Good Samaritan, the way that we show concern for the widows and orphans.”
Dr. Story is concerned about his Christian colleagues in Canada “already being told they must refer” patients for such procedures as abortion and assisted suicide, referring to a January court ruling there.
“That’s a huge thing, requiring them to refer for physician-assisted suicide and abortion,” Dr. Story says, but, he adds, “We’re running in difficult circles, where it may be increasingly difficult for believers to continue practicing medicine. Yet I think it’s worthwhile being salt and light.”