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Don’t try this at home, boys and girls.


New Zealander John Griffin, 69, has suffered with atrial fibrillation—irregular heartbeat—for 19 years.  Recently he went to the hospital with his problem and, after waiting for two hours, was told he’d have to wait six more hours.  Meanwhile, he had to return home to take his medicine, which would mean that he would lose his place in line.  He swore at the nurse and left, with no plan to ease his irregular heartbeat.  But as he approached his home, he noticed his neighbor’s 8,000 volt electric fence.  Griffin figured the jolt from the fence wouldn’t be much different from that of a defibrillator, the treatment he was expecting at the hospital.  So he touched the fence.  “It gave me a decent belt and [my heart] came right again,” he told the local paper.  But Dr. John Bonning, the hospital’s clinical director, advises against such self-treatment, warning that using an electric fence as a makeshift defibrillator is “dangerous and ill-advised.”


The Bible warns about a different kind of heart problem than Mr. Griffin’s atrial fibrillation.  “The heat is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” mourns Jeremiah 17:9.  Jesus described the “heart trouble” of  the people of His time by quoting Isaiah 29:13 “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me” (Matthew 15:8).


What’s the solution?  We can begin the process, says Psalm 51:17: “…A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”  And God adds His promise:  “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.  And I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Hebrews 8:10).


And that, boys and girls, is something that you can try at home! 




Dr. Paul Ratzlaff    6.11.2017

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