Bruce Forsythe has added his name to the growing list of celebs and politicians who want to be able to put people down. Whilst his comments seem to come from a concern for the suffering of the individual, he, just like the others is very misguided.
My beautiful mother in-law is 85 this year and has Alzheimers; we have prayed for her and are grateful that she has improved in some areas, she has regained her cheeky sense of humour and a desire for life, she wants to live until she is 100. According to Baroness Warnock, this beautiful lady should do her duty and be “put down” as she is a burden on her family and society.
In a recent survey among doctors in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal, 40% of them said they could conceive of ‘assisting’ someone with early stage dementia. The question is, how vulnerable are these people, could they be persuaded that it was for the best, could corners be cut and any legal safeguards be circumvented? Of course! It is already happening on the continent, and those of us in other countries need to stand our ground on this one.
In the UK, medical staff are already being disciplined over their views on abortion. Imagine this nightmare playing out in the media.
The reality is, if we want to live in accordance with God’s kingdom, then we will have to bear one anothers burdens (Gal 6:2). The desire to abort the mentally ill is one of the most vile and extreme manifestations of what the Bible calls the flesh – the self centred, make my life easy desire that drives the world. How a society treats its most vulnerable is the measure of its people.
As believers we need to be careful that we are not squeezed into the mould of atheistic thinking that states we are simply a collection of elements that needs to be recycled. Human beings are made in the image of God, it was God who breathed into us and we do not have the right to extinguish that breath in the name of convenience.
We demonstrate God’s kingdom by living according to His values and desires
Is it difficult and expensive to care for people? Do we face terribly difficult decisions when it comes to the care of others? Yes! We live in a broken world that is longing for the appearing of the Lord Jesus so that everything that is broken will be put right. Until then, we demonstrate God’s kingdom by living according to His values and desires, and not those of selfishness and convenience.
Go well my friends.