Let Others See God Through Your Work – Dr. Buckle Urges Christian Professionals

2020-12-22

Christian Professionals have been encouraged to go about their duties diligently such that through their good works, others may see God.

A Public Health Physician and a member of the Health Professionals Guild, Dr. Gilbert Buckle stressed that the impact of the words and actions of Christian professionals

can be overwhelming in the lives of people hence the need to be a radiation of God in their their professional environment.

Speaking at a public dialogue put together by the Arrupe Jessuit Institute, held at Christ the King Parish in Accra last week, Dr. Buckle said “In the medical field, I have colleagues who will do abortions as their second source of income, I’m sure I’ve got architects and engineers who would shortchange the design of the infrastructure and it would collapse, I am sure I have accountants who are staunch Catholics [but] would cook the books. The question that I speak to now is [that] in all of this, am I mindful of my faith, am I mindful of my calling as a Christian and as a catholic, is it separate from my practice?”

He confessed that he could not take the pressure of being seen as God due to his devotion and diligence to his work but a priest advised him that, “take it that through you people see God, for no one has seen God.”

“Accept the accolade and say that we thank God for it; as against accept the accolade and wear it as your coat of pride and your coat of place in society,” Dr. Buckle said the Priest advised him.

He further mentioned that “In our lives and in our capacities, we do impact people’s lives and in our professional spaces it is powerful because of the power of the talents we possess.”

Dr. Buckle argued that the ultimate purpose of Christian professionals is to win people to God through their works.

Recounting how his personal experience shaped and impacted a student to follow in his footsteps as a doctor, the physician reiterated, “That for me has been such an impactful moment in my life which brought witness to the fact that what we do, what we say, [and] how we do it makes a phenomenal change in people’s lives and very few of us are blessed to know or to see the impact that we’ve had in that person’s life”.

Dr. Gilbert Buckle continued that, “Trust me this young lady [student] has become a doctor, she went to the same medical school I went to, she did her house job at 37 Military Hospital where I did mine, she was given her house officer’s flat in the same flat that I stayed in… and to date when I meet her, we laugh and we smile and we remember”

“How much of this can be a coincidence?”, he queried.

For his part, Most Rev. Peter K. Sarpong, Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Kumasi, who was the lead speaker, also urged Christians to eschew all forms of evil practices as christian professionals.

He further called on lay professionals to use their rich fruits of the spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control for the good of the Church and the country.

Chairperson for the dialogue, Mrs Mansa Nettey, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited, reiterated the need to evangelize and bring people into the vineyard of Christ through the right actions at the right moment.

While thanking the Arupe Jessuit Institute and other organisers of the funtion, she noted that all is not lost as there is hope for the church of Christ and mother Ghana.


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