This week’s Friday favs has a theme to it, and not a very uplifting one. This series of articles covers the recent story of the 29-year-old woman diagnosed with brain cancer who is choosing to take her own life on November 1st rather than suffer chronic pain. Have we really gotten to the point that suicide is now a cause to advocate for, and has its own pseudonym, “death with dignity”?
Romans 1 couldn’t be more relevant: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth…For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (vv 18, 21-25)
The video embedded in this article tells Brittany Maynard’s sad story, and heart-wrenching ending. The writer explains why this woman’s choice is so devastating for our culture.
“It’s not surprising that euthanasia advocates have embraced the phrase “death with dignity.” It’s powerful. It’s evocative. Because death is very rarely dignified. …the pain can be searing, incredible, horrific.
All of this is true—and none of it makes euthanasia a good choice.
Because human life is valuable. There are no qualifications. It’s not just valuable when someone is healthy, or as long as someone has all his or her mental faculties.
It’s valuable always.
No matter what.”
Kara Tippetts has a similar story to Brittany Maynard, but by the grace of God in her life, she has chosen to embrace life–even if it means cancer, and tears, and chronic pain. “Brittany, your life matters, your story matters, and your suffering matters.” Kara is the author of Mundane Faithfulness blog, and has recently published a book, “The Hardest Peace”. I recently wrote a book, The Hardest Peace, and I also blog about my journey of my living and my journey towards my last breath. It is not simply a story of dying of cancer, but of living this breath. It’s a book for each of us that has breath still to breath, to embrace our living, and to look upon our dying with grace. Living in BIG LOVE and meeting my end in love. Stunning, important, love.
After reading the previous two articles, a few days later I saw a link to this one from The Gospel Herald. It was no surprise to me that Joni Eareckson Tada responded to the news of a young woman choosing to kill herself, rather than endure pain and suffering. I value what Joni Tada has to say, because who knows pain and suffering like she does?
“Like many, my heart broke when I watched Brittany’s video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one – absolutely no one – welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it’s clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions,” said Tada in a statement released on Monday.