“Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Two weeks ago, family physician Joe Gibes wrote on the shaky medical footing of low testosterone treatment. This week, Brian Williams reported on the NBC Nightly News that the FDA has issued warnings about thrombotic events associated with “Low T” treatment. Dr. Bill Reilly, owner of an expanding chain of “Low T Centers” around the country and a user of testosterone treatment himself, says testosterone treatment is worth the risk. According to Reilly:
“Once I got on testosterone, boy, it was just back like I was in college.”
At the conclusion of Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s story on Low T and Dr. Reilly’s testosterone centers, Dr. Reilly stated:
“You can age, but you don’t want to grow old as you age.”
I don’t understand that last statement. I think part of aging is getting older. Though it is hard for some Americans to imagine, aging, at one point in time, was thought to be accompanied by honor, as younger people looked to their elders as sources of wisdom. Take the words of the book of Proverbs:
“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” – Proverbs 16:31
Of course, today we would use hair-coloring long before “old age” and the proverb would be a moot point. Gray hair would be a sign of a problem. We would need a treatment for that.
Low T Tx is one of many maladies in American medicine due to our loss of our Christian context. There is no need for every physician to be well-schooled in Christian theology, but when a culture becomes removed from its Christian background, well, then we really are left o our own devices (in a very literal sense). Thus, aging, with its organic decay and immobility, is of no use to us and must be “treated” as a pathology. What we really lack is the context of a resurrection. It is completely normal to be dismayed at our own mortality. However, within the context of a Resurrection we understand that God is good enough to even restore the decaying body. In the words of the apostle Paul:
“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his feet.’” — 1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Aging reminds us that death is real. However, in Christ, the new Adam, there is hope of resurrection.