A Methodist pastor argued that discomfort with nakedness is more of a personal and cultural issue than a religious one and that in many early Christian communities, converts were even stripped naked for baptism when he was asked if his church could support a walkathon to benefit Medical Patient Modesty. This was strange because most churches are willing to support events to benefit Medical Patient Modesty, a non-profit organization that works to educate patients about their rights to modesty in medical settings. The rebuttals are in red.
Methodist Pastor's Email:
I understand and appreciate
that you are sincerely concerned about medical privacy issues. I believe
you and others concerned about this can address the issue with your
personal health care providers. I'm sorry to hear of the young mother's
experience of being observed by medical students during childbirth,
even though she had previously discussed her desire for privacy with
her doctor and understood that this wouldn't happen. That shouldn't
have happened without her consent. On the other hand, I'm sure she also
wouldn't have wanted to have had her child delivered by a doctor who
had never seen an actual childbirth. They have to learn somehow.
Rebuttal: This was an insensitive reply to the young mother who had her wishes that no medical students be present for her C-Section. Medical students can learn to do procedures on patients who give consent and they should never be forced on patients who do not want them. The truth is medical students who are going into specialties such as podiatry, orthopedics, neurology, etc. do not need to learn gynecological procedures since they will not do gynecology at all.
Sexual abuse by medical professionals is unfortunately very common. While it is true that sexual abuse is illegal, it happens often and medical professionals often get away with abuse.
Modesty is a faith issue. The bible makes it clear that modesty is important and that nudity between sexually mature opposite sex should be reserved between husband and wife.
Check out an article, Did Real Christians Practice Nude Baptism? that reveals the truth that the bible does not teach naked baptism at all and that true Christians did not participate in nude baptism. The article also talks about how the New Testament endorsed public modesty and how no real Christian leaders would have expected believers to violate those principles.
there may have been Christian communities that practiced nude baptism,
using this as a standard for medical care is ludicrous. The
question for the biblically interested is, does Christian practice
determine biblical morality? Since baptism has always been
a sign of conversion and association, and, for the Christian community,
stems from the Jewish practice in the synagogue, it had to be practiced
according to Jewish law, which forbade public nudity. There
have been many Christian communities over the life of the church who
have allowed ungodliness to be practiced. During the Reformation,
some communities were practicing fornication simply because they understood
that they were free from the religious law of the Roman Church. This
is antinomianism and is a view that approves license. Instead of affirming
the righteousness of God, it affirms the immorality of Man.
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