Pastor's Corner

8 Feb
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Mid-Week Challenge

How much is your life worth?  Well that depends.  If you were to ask someone who loves you the answer would likely be “priceless!”  If you were to ask a chemist the answer is about a dollar.  If you were to ask the court then the answer would be deferred to a statistical group such as Lansdale economist Andrew C. Verzilli who recently was charged with determining the “value” of a lost loved one who was killed in an accidental building collapse. Verzilli used a mathematical analysis of the remainder of the victim’s life had she lived to determine the value.

The entire conversation changes when you ask the insurance company.  The insurance companies not only use methods like the one Verzilli used but they take into account the “value” the individual has on society.  To make matters worse, the insurance company does not wait until you are dead to determine this value.  In fact they are at work right now developing arguments to limit the level of care they will approve for healthcare based on average lifespan, contribution to society and likelihood of survival.  Some studies have concluded that in many cases it is more cost effective to let the patient commit assisted suicide than it is to medically treat them.  Don’t believe me?  Look at what socialized medicine has led to in Canada.  Last year the country legalized euthanasia, declaring assisted suicide a humane way to end the suffering of already dying patients. At the time there were people who cautioned this decision warning it would not be long after that the government would guilt patients into believing they have an obligation to die and stop draining medical system resources.  Just a few weeks ago researchers at the University of Calgary released a study extolling assisted suicide’s cost benefits: “If Canadians adopt medical assistance in dying in a manner and extent similar to those of the Netherlands and Belgium, we can expect a reduction in healthcare spending in the range of tens of millions of dollars per year.”

I never imagined in my lifetime that human life could be reduced to a dollar figure or the bottom line on a company’s spreadsheet.  But that time has already come and extinguishing human life has become an art form.  There are some in our world today that will stop at nothing to push their evil agenda of devaluing human life.  Take for example the overpopulation alarmists who warn we are destroying the Earth by simply existing.  These ideas have been debunked many times but that does not stop the panic.

How about the nut cases that are trying to make an argument against the use of ultrasound and heartbeat to determine life?  There is a great article in the Atlantic  “How Ultrasound Advanced the Idea that a Fetus is a Person.” The article accuses prolife proponents of using technology for political gain.  The writer goes on to make the claim that prolife doctors have used this technology against the mother to convince her that the fetus is a human.  I always thought these people were pro science and wherever the science takes us is supposed to be trusted as truth? No, articles like this go to show that the real agenda at stake is the value of human life. 

Christians, now more than ever we must come to grips with the reality that the evil one is very much at work in our modern world.  If God calls it good the evil one will do all that he can to make it appear bad. Life at any stage is precious to the Lord.  We must become critical listeners to all the information thrown at us.  There is an obvious bias agenda in most of the media today and if you do not know the truth you will fall for their lies. 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” Jeremiah 1:5 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”  John 11:25

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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