Jan. 23, 2015
Newsletter for the Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
From the Chairman's Desk
I Will Not Serve! I Will Not Be Served!
Dr. Brian Kopp
"Long ago you broke your yoke, you tore off your bonds.
'I will not serve!' you said."
- Jeremiah 2:20Jeremiah attributes the declaration "I will not serve" to the people of Israel in their rejection of God. More generally, it is attributed to Lucifer in his refusal to serve the Creator-God and his desire to himself be worshiped. The phrase "I will not serve!" appropriately describes the sexual revolution's rejection of God and His moral law and the idolization of youth and unrestrained sexuality. The "I will not serve" mentality has strewn wreckage in its path.
There is a corollary to "I will not serve": "I will not be served!"In Scripture, when Jesus talks about the Last Judgment, He says:
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:35-36, 40One can almost hear the lament:
"I will not be served because whatsoever you do to the least of His brothers that you do unto Him. I've always done everything for me. I've never done anything for Him. I'm not going to start now! I'm not going to humble myself. I will not allow anyone to do unto Him by letting them do unto me.
"I will not suffer. I would rather die. Now and in eternity, I will shake my fist in the face of God, spit in His eye one last time when I refuse my last meal, take my last pill, draw my final breath. My last act will be eternal rebellion and thus damnation."This rejection of suffering short circuits the cycle of grace that comes both in serving "the least of these brothers and sisters of mine" and in being served as "the least of these." By humbling ourselves so that we may be served, those who serve us may attain Eternal Life.
The tip of the spear in the present battle regarding stealth euthanasia* is death by dehydration. In the vast majority of cases of stealth euthanasia, death occurs primarily due to withdrawal of fluids, leading to volume depletion, organ failure, shock, and death. The symptoms of dehydration are almost always masked by narcotic analgesics, sedatives and anti-psychotics. Stealth euthanasia is not just unethical and immoral, but also an obvious violation of the basis on which Jesus said we would be judged.
Today many are not only quietly acquiescing to the stealth euthanasia agenda, but are requesting the legalization of assisted suicide. The same generation that idolized youth and sex is refusing to bear the ignobility of sickness, old age and vulnerability.
Why accept natural death? Because, instead of final rebellion, it is final surrender. Acceptance of death at the time of God's choosing says:
"Please, Lord, let this cup pass me by. But not my will but Your will be done. If that means taking this cup of spoon feeding or tube feeding or IV hydration, Your will be done! If that means letting others care for me and giving up my radical autonomy, so be it! If that means letting others clean my face or behind,this, Lord, seems too much to bear! But this too I accept. I am not sufficient unto myself. Without You, God, I am nothing.
"Your will be done. I humble myself and permit others to serve You in my person, in my weak and vulnerable and suffering body, in the ignobility of age and sickness. I accept that, where once I did for others, now I must permit others to do for me. Because I am one of "the least" now, and in Your providence You call forth the next generation to love and serve selflessly, I must swallow my pride. I am no longer the strong one, the warrior. I am now the one who needs protection. You call new warriors into the arena to protect me, feed me, clothe me, bathe me.
"I permit others to console Your heart by consoling and caring for me in my need. That alone makes it possible to bear my cross. Because in doing it for me, they do it for You."Ultimately, the battle against euthanasia and assisted suicide is a battle for eternal souls--our own souls, the souls of those for whom we fight and for whom we care, and the souls of those who care for us.
* "Stealth euthanasia": hastening death by neglect or intention while pretending to provide appropriate end-of-life care.