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?
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."
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."
"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."
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.