Some of you may be too young to remember the classic movie, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” released in 1963 by director, Stanley Kramer, staring Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett, and Mickey Rooney. It was a great comedy/adventure film that won an Oscar for Best Effects, Sound Effects and two Golden Laurel awards for Top Roadshow and Top Song. The film was also nominated for 9 other awards including Best Motion Picture by the Edgar Allen Poe Award. The film is very funny and you will laugh a lot. The film was re-released in 1970 with the tagline, – If ever this mad, mad, mad, mad world needed “It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world” it’s now! That tagline is more true today than it was in 1970. Except that now this mad, mad, mad, mad, world is not a laughing matter.
In today’s news you read about one country after another either legalizing euthanasia or looking into legalizing it. The Netherlands and Switzerland already have laws that make euthanasia legal. Scotland is now holding hearings on a bill, Margo MacDonald’s End of Life Assistance Bill to legalize euthanasia in that country. A campaign will soon be underway in Australia to push for legalization of euthanasia. And in Quebec a Dying with Dignity Special Commission began its public hearings on Monday on that province’s push to legalize euthanasia. In researching for this blog, I came across this on Wikipedia.
It seems that more and more people want to end their lives when they are suffering and they don’t see any hope in their lives. People don’t see any value in suffering. Suffering helps us to pray, to turn to God, to offer up our suffering for the reparation of our sins and others, and it helps us witness to others about our faith, among other benefits. There are numerous website that elaborate on these values and do it much better than I can. Clearly, God, through his Word, states that we will suffer in our lifetime.
“If we are sons, we are heirs, heirs indeed of God, fellow heirs with Christ – if only we suffer with Him, so we may be glorified with Him. I judge that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:17-18
If we end our suffering prematurely, are we also forfeiting our inheritance?
“We prove we are servants of God by great fortitude in times of suffering.”…2 Cor. 6:4-10
Are we becoming a world that serves ourselves and not God? In times of suffering are we turning to man for help instead of God? And what of that doctor whom we turn for help. He/she has sworn a Hippocratic Oath which includes the following paragraph:
“I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.”
It seems that many are turning their backs on this oath and are no longer acting in “purity and holiness” but are acting as gods.
God forgive us for not honoring You, for thinking that we know better, for taking life that you have ordained. Help us to become humble and to turn to You for our guidance.