Based on a report that was published September 8th in the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of Asian Americans and nearly half of Hispanic Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed. The figures indicate that 51% of Asian Americans and 49% of Hispanics are afflicted with the disease, and they don’t know it.
When you read statistics like these, there’s a danger of misinterpreting them. The report does not say that 51% of all Asia Americans and 49% of all Hispanics have diabetes. The study indicates of those who do have it, only above half of them are aware of the diseases’ presence.
There is an even more alarming and much older report of a significant and deadly diagnosis that has permeated both Asian American and Hispanic populations. It is an actual worldwide epidemic that strikes young and old alike, and it is not confined to ethic groupings.
Please excuse me, but to name it and describe it, I’ll have to use a politically incorrect and unacceptable word: “Sin!”
In the book of Romans, Paul bluntly states that everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of God (3:23). Later in this same book, he said, “Where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
What do Asian Americans and Hispanics do when they discover that they have this diagnosis that can be deadly? They seek treatment from a qualified physician.
What will you do now that know you’re also afflicted with an unmentionable disease? Let me whisper the word….”sin.”
Because it’s a spiritual disease, you’ll need to see the Great Physician for a remedy:
- John 3:36: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
- Romans 10:9-10: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Just like a diabetic needs insulin injections, you need to take your medicine as well. There are no side effects, and it will lead to eternal life: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”