Friday, November 14, 2014

Death With Dignity?

Friday, November 14, 2014
They call them “Death with Dignity States”.  Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont all have laws permitting physician-assisted suicide.  Brittany Maynard has become the unofficial poster child for the movement of death by choice.

Brittany, a 29 year old woman, was diagnosed with a horrendous form of aggressive and inoperable brain cancer.  She faced a future without hope of cure – only increasing pain, loss of mobility and independence.  She moved to Oregon with her husband several months ago to take advantage of the “right to choose” her time of death.  She wanted to be in control of when it happened, and how much pain she had to endure. 

She died last week by that choice

Euthanasia will be a battleground for the next few decades.  The pioneer in this area is the
familiar Dr. Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian, who, starting in 1990 assisted some 130 people in ending their lives[1]

In 1999 “Dr. Death” (as he was named in the news media) was arrested for assisting in a suicide, tried and convicted of second-degree murder.  He served eight years (of a 10-25 year sentence), was released in 2007, and died in 2011.

The Movement

Much like the abortion-rights and so-called “gay-rights” movements, assisted suicide proponents have championed a shameful and unthinkable (in American society) practice, and moved it to honorable quest status in the public mindset.

We are on a slippery and descending moral spiral in this country.

Just so there is no question – I am a Methodist, and Methodists abhor killing of any kind.   This includes state-ordered euthanizing prisoners of the worst kind; even with so-called “humane” methods – injection, etc.  We Methodists are not fond of killing in war; it’s more of a necessary evil – at best!  

Ours is a particularly pacifist kind of belief, shared by our Quaker fellow Christians, and many more, that whenever you end a human life you are removing the last chance that soul may have at redemption.

The “why” of our belief is as identifiable as the character of Almighty God.  He is the one who gives and takes; life was his gift, and remains his prerogative to take away. 
For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves.  If we live, it’s to honor the Lord.  And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord.  So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.    Romans 14: 7-9 (NLT)
If you have a LORD, you remember you don’t make policy; you follow policy! 

God’s policy is LIFE; abundant life.  Death is an enemy.  There is no dignity about death!
If I were facing what Brittany Maynard suffered, I cannot say I wouldn’t think about asking God to release me from the pain; I do that now with the minor pains I do have. 

I cannot criticize or judge Mrs. Maynard, but I am responsible for what I do with my life, and I want to honor God by leaving that decision of when Russell is done to Him. 

I do not bow to my pain; Jesus is my Lord!

For You, Today

When you get out and hit that Rocky Road today, do it with all conviction that Jesus is Lord over life – yours, and the other 7.2 billion people on this planet.

Including the ones under the “Death with Dignity” delusion.

[1] May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011 via

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