Jan 292017
 
Genesis 9:6King James Version (KJV)   Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Talking about Physician Assisted Suicide from a Christian perspective.  There is nowhere in scripture where there is a justification for premeditated killing of an innocent person and that is what PAS is about.    The above verse reveals that following the flood, the penalty for taking a life in a premeditated manner (murder) carried a death sentence.   That was later codified in the 6th Commandment.  There is no question but the entire Bible comes down on the side of life.

Being pro-life is a worldview based on faith in Jesus Christ and the understanding of His word that we are made in the image of God.  The term is not limited to just abortion, for being prolife means one recognizes that all “human life is inherently valuable”.  The application will show in many areas where humans interact.  Our faith affects how we see God, the world and each other.

This being so we treat people with dignity no matter their gender, race, age, nationality or economic status. We care for those in prison, the sick, the elderly, disabled, immigrants, those without families and we stand for marriage.  What’s more we fight the culture of death no matter how it shows.

In Vermont it showed its ugly head by the legislature passing and Governor Shumlin signing into law the physician assisted suicide law (act 39) in 2013.  Many fought it then and are still fighting it now.  There is currently a case filed on behalf of healthcare providers who under the law are required to advise a person with a terminal illness that they have the option of killing themselves under this law by prescription from a physician.  Those providers have refused as a matter of conscience and Alliance Defending Freedom has filed an action in Federal Court to fight that provision.  It is still pending.  There will be other attempts to undermine and hopefully at some point repeal the law.

Christians realize by faith and trusting the Word of God that physician assisted suicide is wrong because God says that is so.  Others though,  might say it is the compassionate thing to do and cruel not to allow.  They will argue that the patient wants it done!  You will come up against those who believe that losses of autonomy or severe pain are justifications for this killing.  They will probably not listen to your understanding of the Biblical prohibition, so you need to be prepared to deal with those kinds of individuals as well.

If you have your facts together, you can reason with them and possibly at some point even witness to them.  Only a naïve person would miss the abuse possibilities in this law and even the murder possibility.  Beyond those dangers there are many others and the law and its application have no protections.  Suffice it to say that many knowledgeable people have defined this law as an exercise in “legislative malpractice.”

There are other ways to deal with end of life situations through hospice and palliative care and showing love and understanding to the patient.  When patient’s physical needs are met along with their spiritual ones, requests to end their life are few and far between.

I have experienced two wonderful deaths.  One was Marge Hart, a prayer warrior in our church that so many of you knew and loved.  I also recently experienced the death of my sister, Shirley.  Though I hated to see her in the state she was in and I miss her a lot, it still was one of the most wonderful things I have ever experienced to see how she reached out for the Lord and even though she could not speak, her witness to the doctors and nurses was tremendous.  I know her actions had to have had lasting impacts on those lives who were with her.  I can’t believe such experiences could ever be witnessed when someone dies taking a handful of lethal pills..

We read in Deuteronomy 30:19 that the choise is given to us and we have to make it.  “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”

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Jan 292017
 

President Donald Trump now wants to look into the fraud that Democrats say does not exist.  Democrats believe the election was affected by Russians but they just can’t accept that it is even possible that there could have been millions of illegal votes for Democrats.  They have such high regard for the honesty of the American voter that they have tried to make it as easy as possible for any person, alive or dead, citizen or illegal to exercise their conscience when deciding to vote or not.  It would be really rude to ask for current identification from a dead person whose licenses probably expired a long time ago.  It would put a chill on illegal aliens desire to participate in American democracy by requiring them to prove they are citizens.

Do you really believe there is no fraud?  Of course you don’t!   Do you believe that because no one is caught that this proves there is none?  Of course you don’t!    Do you really think police have the time or inclination to seek out that vote criminal?  Of course you don’t and even if caught do you expect a prosecutor to even give it a serious look.  Of course you don’t.  No deterrent!     The lax system has been built so there can be denial that it even happens.

Is fraud going to lessen?  Not as long as we have increased the opportunities to engage in fraud.  How do we do that?  We extend the early voting, make it easier to do absentee ballots and some places are considering voting by mail or email.   Just imagine the fraud possibilities there.

To be real honest with you, I don’t care at all about trying to ferret out the culprits and find out how many millions of past ballots have been cast in this past election on any past elections.  Let’s just take one step to get the next election and all elections right!   Some plain talk here folks!   Common sense approach you know!  We require identification for so many things such as flying, cashing a check, entering a Federal building sometimes, renting a car and you name it.  So just do the same and require voter registration.   Most of that fraud that never happens would not happen but the difference in vote tallies would be in the millions I am sure.  Think about it!  Donald Trump is right in believing in fraudulent votes by the millions that he did not get and she did but he cannot prove it.  Who cares though!  Even if he proves it, they will not believe it.  Let’s just get it right the next time.

Republicans, who are so small minded that they only want legal voters, have always wanted voter ID.  Democrats who are on the side of the oppressed and want to do the right thing and make sure that no one is denied the right to vote or oppressed in their attempt no matter what (no matter what), are opposed to it.

Somehow we have to have voter ID requirements in all elections.  ALL ELECTIONS, DO YOU HEAR!!!!!!

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