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Monday, February 19, 2018

A concern and a solution

Posted by Gary on February 21, 2008

Proverbs 24:11-12  "Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, "See, we did not know this," does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?"

I was appalled, angry and grieved when we as a people starved Terri Schiavo to death in 2005. Make no mistake, we all share in the guilt of what happened and what continues to happen as others like Terri are legally starved to death. We have allowed this to happen because we refuse to be outraged enough to bring and end to it. Believe me, if the outrage were great and loud enough, something would happen. If legislators would not act from morality and virtue they would at least from expedience.

A case similar to Terri’s is taking place right here in Delaware with Lauren Richardson and I pray that God will grant us to see the evil of what we are doing. I was not aware that this happens regularly in our country. When family members agree this happens and we never hear about it, it is only when there is a dispute that it comes before us.

Here in Delaware we are debating the idea of windmills in the ocean to provide energy and many I’m sure are wanting to make sure that they get a high definition television before the switch-over takes place but does anyone care that a young woman who lives when she is fed is going to be starved to death? When Terri Schiavo was starved there was a certain degree of alarm, but case by case we will become calloused and it will no longer bother us, I fear we are there now.

I remember the assurance we were given when Terri’s feeding tube was removed that death by starvation is a peaceful process. Michael Schiavo’s attorney George Felos described Terri’s death as "a calm, peaceful and gentle death". If this is true and I assume that we believe it is or we would be outraged and move heaven and earth to stop it, then a solution is before us to a problem many states are dealing with concerning the death penalty.

You are probably aware that some states are battling over methods of execution. Some are concerned that certain forms of execution are "cruel and unusual". Well, we have our solution, why don’t we recommend that death row inmates be placed in a medically induced coma and then allow them to die by starvation?

It is the obvious solution. Starvation is peaceful and dignified according to starvation advocates. We don’t want prisoners to suffer as they die and we have been assured there is no suffering in death by starvation. We are assured that this is a dignified process so let’s send inmates into eternity with dignity. What do you think the response would be if we tried to implement this process with prisoners? Yes, we know.

I wonder if some are alarmed to hear a pastor speak this way. Well, I am only suggesting what the experts have said and what we must all obviously believe. We do believe it don’t we? I am only holding before us our ways, don’t be offended at me for pointing them out.

I feel quite certain that a people who slaughter their offspring and starve the needy and dependent will not need to worry about windmills and televisions, we are on a crash course with the justice of God and these luxuries will bring no help or comfort then.

Lord Jesus, cause us to see what we have become and turn us from our evil ways to You.


3 Responses to “A concern and a solution”
  1. Sharon Benton says:

    I have a son who will be 31, that is downs,, and at this time no longer walk or uses the bathroom on his own,,, at the time of he birth I was told he would not live to be a year old,, I fought all of the doctors and he is here ,, he is alot of care and I am soon to be 60. but with out him I would be nothing,, he has given this family so much.. we can so learn much from those who csn not speake or comunicate on their own,, and as a closing comment ,, he is not my child by birth,, I drove 2 hours and dressed him and took him out of the hospital at 3 days old.. I was a foster parent ,,and later made him mine by law..and my point is Lauren only needs a chance,, to be what she can be ,,and what ever that is ,, is enough,, she is loved as she is.. for as long as she is,,, thank you for taking the time to read this

  2. Crystal says:

    We are nothing if not for a conscious mind. If Lauren is in PVS then the only merciful thing to do is to let her go. God made the ultimate decision to call her when he removed her ability to be a conscious part of our world and we should honor His wish to take her home.

  3. Pam Dowd says:

    My 27 year old diabetic daughter suffered an anoxic brain trauma four weeks ago. The medical profession “gently’ attacked me every day to “let her go”, even to suggest that I needed to plan MY life for a life beyond Brenna.

    Brenna had hopes, plans, dreams and a deep faith in God’s abiding plan for her life on the 25th of May. Nothing changed on the 26th except her health condition.

    When I looked at my daughter in CCU and saw the abject horror on her face at hearing the insensitive comments around her, and realized that she recognized my voice, there was no way I could let her life end. During the constant badgering by the medical profession, I reminded them that Brenna’s case was not like Terri Schaivo’s. I had no insensitive husband to deal with. Shortly before this happened, Brenna and I had talked about Terri’s case. Brenna felt it was wrong, immoral for Terri’s husband to keep Terri’s family away from her in the end, and not to allow them the right to rehabilitate her in the beginning.

    Brenna is not a burden. This is not a sacrifice. I am not a hero. I am a mother who loves her daughter with her whole heart and soul. Yes, she will never reach the “normal” people claim as normal. But she will reach a new normal and will be a messenger of God.

    In the days following her tragic event, I cried and prayed long in the hospital chapel. One night I said at last, “Thy will be done.” As I walked back into her room that night, I heard a voice say, “And do you trust me?” YES, LORD, I trust.

    Last week at 3:22 AM. I was awakened from a deep sleep. I heard a voice clearly say to me, “SHE SHALL BE HEALED”. The healing may not be on the level of acceptance by many in society. But, God will use her circumstances to His Glory.

    I believe it. God said it. And I know tis true.

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