The Ebola Virus and the Second Greatest Commandment

You’ve contracted the Ebola virus, a horrific disease for which the mortality rate is ninety percent. A dose of serum is sent to save your life, but you also have a colleague infected with the same disease—two patients, one dose. What do you do?

If you truly believe in a God who said “love your neighbor as you already love yourself” you do what Dr. Kent Brantly did: You give the medicine to your colleague.

Via the SHTFplan blog: “Selfless: American Doctor Infected with Ebola Asks That Only Dose Of Serum Be Given to Colleague.”

Dr. Kent Brantly, who has dedicated his life to helping those in need with the Samaritan’s Purse organization, can be described with a single word.


“Yesterday, an experimental serum arrived in the country, but there was only enough for one person. Dr. Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol,” Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, said in a statement. “However, Dr. Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly’s care. The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor that saved his life.”


Even with death knocking at his doorstep this American faces it with the ferver of a true hero.


Could you do that? Would you?

Dr. Brantly may have contracted the virus in a decontamination area and sought treatment as soon as his symptoms were identified, a move which may have given him a fighting chance at beating the deadly disease.

Our thoughts are with him, his family, and others who are fighting for their lives right now.

Death is not our greatest enemy—the inner-drive to save ourselves and disobey God is. I give thanks for Kent, and pray for his earthly deliverance. Self-centeredness is a greater plague upon humanity than Ebola. Jesus has apparently already largely delivered Dr. Brantly from that one.