January 15, 2013

Euthanasia...of Children???

I know I'm writing on a controversial subject today, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about this since I saw this article yesterday.  If you haven't heard the story yet, two 45 year old Belgian men (twins), who were born deaf at birth, started going blind.  They decided they no longer wanted to live, so they had a doctor-assisted suicide and died yesterday.  

However, this is the worst part of the story - there is a law being considered in Belgium right now that would allow euthanasia of children with the consent of their families and doctors.  Yes, children.  Regardless of your stance on euthanasia, this is just heartbreaking, and it makes me sick to my stomach if I think about it for too long.  Thomas and I were talking about it last night, and we cannot comprehend how people would think it's okay for a child to decide when to end their life.  The part of the brain responsible for thinking about the consequences of actions is not yet fully developed as a child.  Also, younger children don't even fully comprehend the concept of death.  How do you communicate the option of death to them?  If you tell a child they won't be in pain anymore, of course they will consent because they want the pain to go away, even if they don't understand the implications. 

Where are people going to draw the line?  What age are we talking about?  What constitutes the amount of suffering someone must have to be killed?  What diagnoses?  How much does the child get a say in it versus the parent?  What if the parent is stressed and financially drained with looking after a sick or disabled child and consents to doctor-assisted suicide and tells the child to go along with it? 

I feel fearful about where our world is headed.  I wonder  what reasons will eventually become acceptable for killing someone through euthanasia.  With people aborting babies for reasons like the gender of their child, this disregard for human life has started seeping into our culture in other ways, such as allowing the killing of those who are living.  Hearing things like this make me feel so defeated and upset about the culture of death.

However, I just finished reading the book of Joshua this morning, and I am so thankful for God's perfect timing in sending me this message: 


"And so the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to their fathers he would give them.  Once they had conquered and occupied it, the Lord gave them peace on every side, just as he had promised their fathers.  Not one of their enemies could withstand them; the Lord brought all their enemies under their power.  Not a single promise that the Lord made to the house of Israel was broken; every one was fulfilled."
-Joshua 21:43-45

The only thing that offers me consolation when I hear about these things is to remember that the Lord is faithful and he keeps his promises (Psalm 145: 13-14).  Even though the world sometimes seems bleak, we can hold onto hope through the promises he has give us: 

"For it is written, 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.
-Romans 14:11 

"And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.
-1 John 2:25

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing, or pain, for the old order has passed away.
-Revelation 21:4

Just as he kept his promise and was continually faithful to his people in the past,  he will also keep his promises and be faithful to us.  He has conquered the world (John 16:33), and granted that we make it to heaven, our eyes will be opened to so much good that we will forget about all horrible things we have seen or heard of in the world.  Thanks be to God for that. 

Love,
Caitlin 

10 comments:

  1. Wow, hadn't heard that news story or talks of the new law. How much more can God take?

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  2. This seriously makes my stomach sick. I just can't imagine a parent would ever choose this for their child. So many people in this world need God and they don't even know it.

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  3. I read the story of the twins, and thought that was awful, but I hadn't heard about the euthanasia of children. Adults already do not understand the healing and grace that can come from suffering and now those adults are passing on the misunderstanding of suffering to their own children. This is so very sad. Many prayers needed for all involved in this way of thought.

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  4. Unbelievable. So sad that the world is coming to this.

    Do you know of any good resources for teaching about Euthanasia? I'm doing a talk on life issues at lifeteen this Sunday covering abortion, stem cell research, and Euthanasia. While planning, one of the other adult leaders said she gets the other stuff doesn't understand why when she's old and dysfunctional with dementia it's wrong..."I mean, we do it to our dogs out of mercy" she said. I sure understand the teaching, but would love to be able to reach her with the right explanation...

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    1. To be honest, I do not know of any good resources, but I would check out the link from Kari below. It has a great explanation! Good luck with your talk! Those are a lot of difficult topics to discuss, and I will pray that it goes well!

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    2. Thanks Caitlin!I am finally getting around to REALLY preparing and it's tomorrow. I really appreciate all the prayers!

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  5. I read the story of the twins as well. But not of the children. Horrifying!

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  6. I found this link by American Life League through EWTN and this link explains why euthanasia is wrong. I thought this link may be helpful in helping to further explain. God Bless.

    http://www.ewtn.com/library/PROLENC/ENCYC106.htm

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    1. Kari, thank you SO very much! I just used pretty much the entire article to develop that part of my talk. I really appreciate it!

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