People who are pursuing a dignified death now are paving the way for a time when the inconvenient are required to die.
Once you make the decision that suffering has no purpose, and life is only valuable because of what it can produce… you are but a breath away from mandatory death.
Via ChristianHeadlines.com: “How ‘Dying with Dignity’ Becomes the Duty to Die.”
Now many people ask, as a young person I know did, “Why should we Christians, who oppose assisted suicide, impose our beliefs on Brittany or on anyone?”
It’s a heart-felt question, but it assumes that we all act in a vacuum. Who gets to decide which lives aren’t worth living, even if it’s our own? In the long run, this is about protecting all human life, especially the lives of the most vulnerable among us. The so-called “right to die,” quickly devolves into the duty to die.
We talked about this on BreakPoint a few weeks ago. What started in Europe as a movement to allow the terminally ill to end their suffering has evolved into the practice of eliminating lives deemed not worth living. Dr. Peter Saunders of the Care not Killing Alliance says that “In the Netherlands … dementia patients are euthanized, mobile euthanasia clinics operate and the ‘Groningen protocol’ allows euthanasia for disabled babies. In Belgium, organs are harvested from euthanasia patients and 32 percent of all euthanasia deaths are ‘without consent.’”
And just last week, a British mom received the court’s permission to euthanize her own autistic daughter.
This is why so many organizations that represent people with disability are emphatically opposed to physician-assisted suicide. As Joni Eareckson Tada wrote in the Wall Street Journal, society’s goal should be to help “disabled people live independent lives with dignity,” not to encourage them—or as we see in Europe, force them—to die.
As this essay well notes, today it is “voluntary” tomorrow it will be obligatory—for the good of society, you know, and to “preserve limited resources” for those society deems more worthy than you.
“The impulse to avoid suffering and spare loved ones the pain of watching is understandable. But it assumes that nothing good can come from pain and suffering. And that just isn’t true…
“…it is precisely through suffering that we learn life’s most important lessons. In fact, it was through suffering, not in spite of it, that Christ brought eternal life.”
As I was musing with a co-worker Wednesday at lunch: The desire to avoid pain or inconvenience is the death of so many things in our time—especially marriages and other relationships. Through a selfish (though sometimes humanly very understandable) desire to escape discomfort, we miss the incredible glory that awaits just on the other side of pushing through the difficulty. How many of us can testify our marriages are so much stronger for having persevered together, rather than taking the easy way out?
Obamacare’s continuing destruction and debilitation of our health care system will, if not stopped, inescapably lead to pressure for ending lives early. Bank on it. Bureaucrats will decide who lives and who dies, no matter what your personal choice might be, nor what resources you might personally have. In fact, some of those around you may want to pull the plug as early as possible so they can get those resources for themselves.
Ideas have consequences.