I read an article over at Vox this morning titled I arrived at my friend's party. A few hours later she died, exactly as planned. It was the story of a woman suffering from ALS, who was throwing an assisted suicide party. The conclusion of the party was the taking of her own life through a legal, fatal concoction of JELL-O, and lethal drugs. As of July 8th, assisted suicide is legal is California. It is now fully legal across the West Coast, as well as Vermont and Montana. Legislation is either pending or under review in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York.
The sad truth is, as this becomes legal across the country, this will become an option not only for the individual patient, but for hospitals, insurance companies, and the families footing the bill to sustain life. It will become an option for doctors to sell to patients and families, families to influence suffering family members, and insurance companies to offer to expensive chronically ill members. It's already being practiced in Europe, and being abused.
This is the logical continuation of a society that has accepted abortion as a convenient alternative to taking care of new life. If life is not valued in the beginning as children before they are productive members of society, when they must be taken care of 24/7, then logically the same thing could be said of those nearing the end of their life, when they are no longer productive members of society, and must be taken care of 24/7. When life becomes inconvenient, just choose death.
When life becomes inconvenient, more are choosing death. —@wscott84
We are a culture that is obsessed with death. We routinely take 700,000 unborn lives a year, and celebrate it. We are obsessed with Zombies, vampires, and other forms of the undead. We love our movies, TV shows and every gruesome second of death shown before our eyes in full HD surround sound, ensuring we don't miss a single drop of blood. We increasingly love our celebration of Halloween, skulls and death pop art. Not only is death glorified, but the subjects receiving death are dehumanized. If we must kill in mass, let them be less than human. If a human is killed, it is tragic, if the subject is a zombie, then lets kill more. If a child is killed, it is tragic, if a fetus is killed, lets kill more. Our is acceptance of death is both glorified in movies, and practiced in real life.
Sadly, we as a society continue to see an increase in suicide, now accounting for almost 43,000 deaths a year.
We are a culture obsessed with death, because we have forsaken him who died on our behalf to give us life. The Apostle Paul, speaking of the resurrection of Jesus, and the final resurrection of everyone, said: "If the dead do not rise, 'Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!'” This has become our motto, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!", because the dead do not rise. If the dead do not rise, if we are not all eventually resurrected, then we must not give an account, then we must not one day meet our maker. But since we are all one day resurrected and must give an account of our every deed, what a pity it will be, if the one who died to give life, was not the one we trusted in, to appeal on our behalf before God.
If we are to avoid becoming a society that, in our obsession with death, opens up more avenues to choose our own death, then we must begin to celebrate life instead of glorify death. We must value protecting life, sacrificing our convenience for the life of others, and welcoming new life into this world, not terminating it out of inconvenience. Instead of thousands of movies glorifying death, we need to be making movies celebrating life. Instead of holidays glorifying death, every Sunday lets remember to celebrate life. Instead of pop culture glorifying death, create a culture that celebrates life. Instead of our art filled with death, create art filled with life. Instead of stories glorifying death, lets write stories about celebrating life.
This is only possible when value returns to the human being, as an image bearer of God, and our proper roles as people accountable to God.