Most Trusted Professions: Doctors vs. Clergy

A recent poll showed that the top two most trusted professions in the US are

#1 Doctors, and
#2 Nurses

At the same time, a new study came out showing that the third leading cause of death in the US is Medical Error!

Put those two together. The third leading cause of death is medical error. Who might you think does this Medical Error? Doctors and Nurses perhaps? Yet Doctors and Nurses are the most trusted professions in our country!

Meanwhile, Clergy is sixth! Clergy don’t even kill people! At least not routinely.

Now I understand why clergy have fallen in this poll drastically over the years. There are a fair number of clergy that are in it for money and power. Unfortunately, there are also clergy members who take advantage of vulnerable people to everyone’s demise.

Clergy trust should be falling if you’re at all paying attention.

But to put doctors and nurses at the top? They kill people routinely now. What gives?

I think it is largely our obsession with health and wellness. The modern health movement strikes me as cult-like and religious. Doctors and nurses are our new priests.

Few people call their clergyman when they are spiritually hurting, yet everyone and their mother calls the doctor any time some odd physical thing pops up. How many appointments have you made with your doctor the last year versus how many appointments with clergy to go over your spiritual health? Parents rush their kids to the doctor all the time. It’s been a while since a parent rushed a kid to me.

Is it a matter of trust, or a matter of what people care about?

I don’t trust people in general, no matter what profession they are in. The Bible tells me so, “Put not your trust in man” said the Psalmist, and Psalmist is a very trustworthy profession.

There’s an old saying, “Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.” Excellent advice. It’s why I don’t go to the doctor. They will find something wrong. The healthiest people are those who don’t go to the doctor! Look it up, it’s true.

My preference would be to have all professions tied for last in trustworthiness.

Think. Test the spirits. Analyze and decipher. Take some initiative to know what you’re talking about and what you’re doing. Stop taking other people’s word for it. Do some work yourself. Only lazy people automatically trust what others say.

But hey, don’t take my word for it.

POSTSCRIPT: If you are sick, go to the doctor. I am not telling you not to go to the doctor. I’m telling you not to inherently trust your doctor when you go. One of the reasons I exercise, eat well, and am healthy is because I don’t want to go to the doctor. Diets don’t work; fearing doctors does.


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