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Church is Good for You

Wed, Feb. 24, 2016 Posted: 08:31 AM


In a recent article in the Washington Post, the reporter discussed a British survey of retired individuals and the impact of social engagement on their lifespan.

But people who were members of social groups — which could be a sports club, religious organization, trade union or any other kind of leisure or professional group — had a lower risk of death in the first six years of retirement. Those who belonged to two groups before retirement and continued their activity in these groups had a 2 percent risk of death in the first six years.  Washington Post 2/16/2016

This study affirms the positive impact of social connectivity on human lifespan, and going even further, on quality of life. According to author John Milton,

“‘Loneliness’ is the first thing that God’s eye named as ‘not good.’”

“Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18

Who are we to disagree with Milton? Who are we to disagree with God?

Isolation is one of the most crippling long-term issues facing caregivers, and it leads to poor thinking, poor judgment, and poor behavior.

In my book, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER, I stress the importance of Church attendance for caregivers. In addition to the spiritual reasons, attending church provides much needed social engagement which produces several side benefits — one of which, according to the survey, is longer life. That’s where “community is — and caregivers needcommunity.

Isolation often occurs due to logistics. Sometimes, it is not possible or practical for the caregiver to transport the loved one outside the home. Other times, caregivers, embarrassed about the condition of their loved ones, or wishing to protect their dignity, remove themselves from the public eye.


There are many reasons for the isolation that caregivers feel, but the results are universally negative. Without positive human connections, everybody suffers. That’s why it’s important for care-givers to remain engaged in church, community, and other social networks. And, since caregivers can often feel lonely in a crowded room, it’s important not only to attend but also to engage.

Churches find increased opportunity to meet their mandate by making a point to help caregivers attend services, Bible studies, and other functions. By organizing volunteers to help watch their loved one (if they can’t leave the house easily) it provides a much needed opportunity for the caregiver. Requiring less logistic effort but more servant hood, churches can work to make sure that when a caregiver arrives with a impaired loved one with embarrassing behavior or features, that the loved one and the caregiver both feel welcome, safe, and loved.

The data confirms, attending church prolongs life — spiritually and physically!

“…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

By Peter Rosenberger

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