Pushing Back The Culture Of Death

  • Nov. 7, 2006
  • #6397

Joni shares what Proverbs says about speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves and promoting a culture of life.

Lately as I've been reading the Bible, I feel like I'm reading headlines in the local news. It seems everything from God's Word relates to our culture today. I'm thinking of these two verses in Proverbs 31. Verses 8-9 say, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

I'm so glad, I am so grateful that in this modern day God has placed me in a position of advocacy for disabled people, whether it's those who are elderly or the very, very young. I'm so grateful I can speak up and – as it says – defend the rights of the needy. And I have great respect and admiration for anybody else who does the same. 

My friend, Senator Sam Brownback from Kansas, he takes a lot of heat for doing this, but people with disabilities couldn't have a stronger, wiser advocate. Especially when it comes to things like assisted suicide. When Senator Brownback introduced his bill into Congress, a bill which would make it illegal to use federally controlled drugs to end innocent life, I tell you he received a lot of criticism. There are many people who feel that if you have a terminal illness, or if your disability becomes too much to bear, you ought to have the right to have a doctor help end your life with an injection of lethal drugs. 

Listen, we don't want a law in America which would make killing a kind of "medical treatment." It's already on the legal books in the state of Oregon... and here in California, a similar measure was defeated earlier this year in our state assembly. But I tell you; the forces of evil are pushing for physician-assisted suicide to become a legal right. If and when that happens across our nation, the moral guidelines in our society will become even more blurred... and many of us can see the day when killing could be accepted as a solution for those who are chronically ill. Doctor-assisted suicide could actually create a financial incentive for insurance companies to encourage prematurely ending the lives of those who need long-term care. Our society has such contempt for suffering; it's only a short philosophical hop-skip-and-jump to where our society begins to have contempt for people who suffer. People like the elderly or the severely disabled who strain Medicare or drain the grandkid's college fund. 

Friend, look, it may sound like I'm on a political rant here, but I'm not, I'm not talking politics, I'm talking Proverbs. I'll read it again from the 31st chapter. "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly." So, thank you as you too speak up and share a Biblical perspective... a perspective that will push back the culture of death and promote a culture of life.

 

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