Thursday, March 31, 2005

Better Off?

For weeks many people have been saying she will be better off. Of course the she to whom they refer is Teri Schiavo. The many are those who favored removing the ng tube. They offered many reasons, "Who would want to live like that?" "She wouldn't have wanted to live like this." "That isn't a real life." etc. Today I must agree with them about the fact that now she is better off. Teri's Lent has ended, her suffering has ceased, her Easter has come and in the words of the Revelation, "Now her dwelling is with God. He will wipe every tear from her eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Rev. 21:3a&4)

Of course, this can be said of each and every Christian at the time of death. Irregardless of how healthy we are, irregardless of the "quality" of our lives, for Christians death is great gain! So, Teri is better off, as will each of His children be when they are called home what ever "shape" they are in when that time comes.

The real question is are we as a nation better off? The final verdict is still out, but I must admit that at present I am doubtful. Our courts have decreed that the value of life is not intrinsic but pragmatic. Some lives are not worthy of protection but rather are deserving of termination. I suppose it was inevitable, once the courts decide when life begins they will end up deciding when life should end. So, are we better off? Only if this death is not in vain and we as a nation return to the roots of our nation and once again decree in conviction and legislation that we have been "endowed by our creator with life."

I Thess. 2:12


At April 12, 2005 9:55 PM, Blogger rwwonwheels said...

As a wheelchair user with Cerebral Palsy since birth, I am torn, since I have seen the situation from differing perspectives.

As a family member--on separate occasions--both my sister and grandfather were put in NHM (NO HEROIC MEASURES) status when near death--although neither was starved to death as Teri was, the grace of God just allowed nature to take its course.

On the other hand, as a person with a severe disability who cannot accomplish the most basic activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toilet care, etc.) without assistance, my life is still worthwhile and valuable.

This situation, aside from its obvious politicization by all sides, was clouded by the fact that Michael Schiavo apparently violated his vows of marital fidelity, so this seems to have been a decision based on self-interest and selfishness.

As to Teri's viability, that too is an open question, which will never be entirely settled--though every person, regardless of the extent of disability, is entitled to basic dignity and respect.


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