Yesterday, our government passed a bill that expanded the current euthanasia law to include a new category of people eligible for killing: those who are nowhere near their natural death, but want to end their lives because they suffer intolerably.
The plan is to expand this bill further in the next two years to also include those who want access to assisted suicide because of mental health reasons.
Why do people want to die?
Experts tell us it is often because of depression, discrimination, feelings of failure or shame, trauma, abuse, the loss of a loved one, financial stress, or otherwise feeling like an outcast in society.
These are precisely the people God has called us to be hospitable to: to invite into our homes, to dine with, to talk with, to care for, to include, to clothe, to comfort, to offer a cup of cold water, to present Jesus as the Healer of both body and soul, the One who emptied Himself of glory to give us the hope of Glory while we are yet empty.
“Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14: 12-14
But they have taken God’s plan and flipped it on its head: they have made it illegal to open our homes to the vulnerable and marginalized, while simultaneously legalizing their murder.
Instead of offering compassionate care that values them as a human being and has proven to be effective in changing a person’s mind about suicide, they hasten their death with a law that essentially says, “You know, you’re right, we are better off without you; let’s make your disappearance from this earth as easy and swift as possible.”
I’d love to believe that current public health regulations are based solely on the sanctity of human life, but I just can’t get there. Not when the same people are fast-tracking the number of lives taken both inside and outside the womb.
Should we be making every effort to reduce the strain on our volatile health care system and our wonderful, overworked doctors and nurses?
But increasing the amount of deaths that occur under a doctor’s supervision only adds to their workload, never mind the fact that assisting in a person’s death does nothing for their health and has far reaching repercussions beyond those immediately involved.
Yes to mercy.
No to killing.
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, We will not walk therein…
Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.” Jeremiah 6: 16, 18-19