I’m going to post things today that might, at best, be controversial and at worst I might make some people really angry with me. With that said, anyone that has read my blog, knows that for the most part, it is faith based. I never back down from talking about Christ…my views about the world I live in, are shaped by my relationship with Him.
Lately, I have read several articles, from different non-related sources, about both life and death. Some prominent individuals have discussed when would be an “appropriate” time for an elderly person to die. The implication is that after a certain age, a life is no longer of value to society. That the aged put a burden on their family to take care of them. A couple of days ago, I read of a woman who just received an okay by the courts to kill her twelve year old disabled daughter. The girl was able to eat/drink and breathe on her own. Yet, her mother thought she would be better off dead…and the courts agreed. The little girl is now no longer with us. Finally, earlier today, I read an article and watched a video about POST-birth abortion. The authors, who have interviewed college/university students at several institutions of higher learning, found that many college co-eds believe that it is okay to kill a baby after it is born. Some believe that it is even okay to kill (“abort”) a child up to age FIVE because they don’t have any “awareness” of self before then.
My heart is saddened by what I’ve read. I wonder when it became acceptable to put such little value on life? Who decides when someone should die? These individuals (elderly, disabled, infants) are not criminals. Death is not a consequence for bad choices they made. In the cases I have mentioned death is about convenience. Life is no longer valued.
Is this what our world is coming to? Is the most valuable gift of life, now something to be bartered for the “betterment of society”? It is difficult for me to understand the motivation of this line of thought.
I believe that as a society we are on a slippery slope if we no longer look at our fellow human beings as valuable and worthy of life.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16