The Gloves are Off
This has been a momentous week and it isn't over yet. Terri Shiavo has been publicly executed in what one person has called the longest public execution ordered by the State ever. Will this finally awaken some Christians to what our society has become? Though I write this in Canada, I am under no illusion that this sort of state sanctioned killing can't happen here. It probably has already happened, though not in the public's eye.
Step by step our society has moved towards a more utilitarian, Darwinistic view of life where only the fit survive, and away from the humane and Christian society that cared for the weak and defenceless. Starting with the idea that there is such a thing as an unwanted life, we have aborted and birth controlled our children out of existence because we think they will prove to be too great an imposition and burden on our lifestyles. It was only a matter of time before we moved on to others who were unable to defend themselves.
It is only a matter of time before we see the sanctioned killing of babies in hospitals who have been deemed by the authorities and medical staff to be too ill or disabled to deserve life. This is already happening in the Netherlands, and is often done against the will and authority of the parents!
The generation who pushed so hard for these things should beware. You are now part of an aging population of people with few young people willing to support your declining years of retirement and dementia. Don't be surprised if these young people have absorbed the lessons you taught and instead of being the strong and dominant, you one day find yourself at the mercy of those who now view you as a useless eater and inconvenient burden.
The demographics have shifted and soon we will have one of the largest aged populations in the world. The pressure on socialistic systems like Medicare, Medicaid, Old Age Pensions, etc., will grow as the pool of money from young people grows less. Just wait. The right to die will become the duty to die and nursing homes will be depopulated of those who are unable to care for themselves as the gov't trains its sites on those with no defenders. And don't look for help from the evanjellyfish community either. They'll be wringing their hands and weeping but also sadly conceding the cruel necessity of such an approach.
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" (II Timothy 3:1-5)
Terri Shiavo was only the beginning.