I was in the grocery store last week, waiting in the check out line. A magazine caught my eye. The words “No Kill Nation” had my attention. I immediately picked up the magazine, opened it up to the center section, and began to read: “Long considered by some as an idealistic, unworkable goal, the no-kill effort has now moved into the mainstream. ‘Even just a decade ago the majority of Americans probably believed that a no-kill approach was improbable.’…But today as people see cities, such as Reno, Kansas City and Austin successfully establishing no-kill programming, they increasingly believe the ideal can become a reality.”
I had high hopes upon seeing the words “no-kill” that I was picking up a pro-life magazine. I had hopes that the idealistic goal of no-kill was one pertaining to humans. I was wrong, this magazine and article were advocates against euthanizing dogs.
There has been much debate of late with regards to euthanasia and the term brain-dead. I have watched the news regarding the 13 year old Jahi and her parents’ fight for her chance to prove her doctor’s diagnosis of brain-dead wrong. I have seen a husband take a hospital to court to remove his pregnant brain-dead wife from life support. I was sadly disappointed to hear that Belgium has allowed legal euthanasia for people of all ages, including children.
I am glad there are advocates against cruelty to animals. No creature made by God should be treated as anything less than a Godly creation. What I do not understand is why are humans treated as less valuable?
The unborn human child is thought of as tissue. Women are told that pregnancy is a choice and they do not have to stay pregnant if they are not ready to be a mother . The truth is that child from the moment of conception is a child of God; has a soul and a guardian angel. He or she from the moment of conception has a mother. That mother will either be the mother of a live baby or a dead baby. That is the only “choice” being made. To kill or not to kill.
A child lies in a coma and doctors say she is brain-dead. Her parents see signs of life and want to see their child continue treatment. The hospital refuses. The hospital sees no value in the child’s life and no hope for any recovery of her brain function. The truth is that the brain is far from being understood. The book “Proof of Heaven” written by a neurologist who was supposedly “brain-dead”, proves that man cannot know God’s plan. God can work a miracle any time and any place. Why should a parent have to fight for a child’s life at a hospital. To kill or not to kill.
I hope and pray that one day we will be a No Kill Nation. One that respects the life of all humans – born and unborn. A nation that respects the Creator and leaves all decisions regarding life and death in His capable hands.
Sirach 18:1 “The Lord, who lives forever created the whole universe and He alone is just. He has given no one enough power to describe what He has done, and no one can investigate it completely. Who can measure His majestic power? Who can tell the whole story of His merciful actions? We cannot add to them; we cannot subtract from them. There is no way to comprehend the marvelous things the Lord has done. When we come to the end of that story, we have not even begun; we are simply at a loss for words.”