Crazy Horse Medical Church and the snakes that heal

Back in the summer of 2003, I helped chaperone Are youth mission trip to Pine Ridge South Dakota. It was quite an adventure. We stopped by Mt. Rushmore on the way back home and got to see some of our nation’s greatest presidents looking down on us from the mountainside. Granted, we had to look through binoculars to see them well.

Mt. Rushmore

Afterward, we went to see an even more magnificent monument: the mountain carving of Crazy Horse. Well, we have the faces of four presidents on the side of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument encompasses an entire mountain. They have created this work of art to view from outer space.

Crazy Horse Monument – South Dakota

The native Americans working on this project have a vision that goes beyond the monuments and theme park. There are plans to build a medical school for the Native Americans in the area here. I thought that was an awesome idea. But then I pause for a second. How would I feel walking into a doctors office and seeing a certificate on the wall that said, “Crazy Horse School of Medicine?” Without knowing the backstory, a person might be led to believe this was a less-than-legitimate certificate.

How would you feel walking into a doctors office and seeing a certificate on the wall that said, “Crazy Horse School of Medicine?”

This concern may expose my European-centric worldview around higher education. I hope it shows that I have standards for healthcare and an interest to staying in formed in an interest for being informed

Our reality in a world of too much information is that we no longer can tell right from wrong in areas outside of our own expertise. We used to get our political information from comedy sketches on TV. Now we get them for memes. Our source of influence has moved from professional entertainers to almost anyone with access to the Internet.

The Bible tells us that the disciples had the ability to pick up snakes and not be harmed. I believe they did. They had the ability to drink poison also. I don’t have a need to do any of that. We don’t have to put ourselves in harms way to prove God cares about us. We also don’t have the right to put others in harms way and pray that God will take care of them. When people run red lights in busy intersections, we don’t call them brave. When they drive through crosswalks full of people, we don’t say it’s their right.

We don’t have to put ourselves in harms way to prove God cares about us. We also don’t have the right to put others in harms way and pray that God will take care of them.

So, as we take the time to set standards for reopening businesses, government, recreation, education, and churches, where is your information coming from? Doctors? Lawyers? Politicians? Farmer Joe? The lives of others are at stake. Even if the government does not hold us responsible for them, God will.


The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. — Eze 33:1-9




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