Mike Russell of Eternal
Perspectives has some interesting views regarding the plight of
Terri Schiavo. They’re sort of an examination of conscience particular
to this context. Here are some highlights:
Schiavo: Maintaining Focus
It is a recurring nightmare:
Months or years from now, long after we have won the battle to keep
Terri alive, her painful and agonizingly slow therapy reaches the point
where she is finally able to think clearly and speak for herself. It is
a great day: all who have prayed for her and followed her dramatic,
near-tragic saga eagerly await her first words. And then they come:
“Why didn’t you let me die? Why have you made me endure this pain and
suffering? I wanted to die! I still want to die!”
Then I wake up.
I hope Terri has the chance someday to speak for herself. The idea that
her bottom-feeding husband has the right to murder her is comprehensible
only in a godless society such as ours…But then there’s my nightmare
ending. If that were to happen, then Terri would suddenly go from being
a cause in the eyes of Christians to being an enemy and someone to be
resisted. From darling to damned in a matter of minutes.
I have no reason to expect anything like this to happen….But the
Christian community must see past Terri and remain focused on the bigger
issue, which is that life is valuable and not to be dismissed casually.
Right now that principle has a face – a lovely, endearing face – but the
principle has been around long before Terri and will be around after
her, too. We are not fighting for a life but for life itself. Terri is
important because she has life; life is not important simply because it
happens to belong to her and is threatened at the present time. Terri’s
life is no more – or no less – important than the lives of the thousands
of children dying in the Sudan. Life is the issue.
Without a doubt, I have read and blogged more about Terri than I have
prayed for her. I’ve spent hours doing the former and less than an hour
on the latter, but my total time of praying specifically for Terri is a
very small percentage of the total. What does that say about me and my
belief in the power of prayer? More importantly, what does it say about
how I view God?
Speaking only for myself, I wonder if my faith has been more in the
government and “good” elected officials or in God. If my faith is in
God, why did I feel so defeated when I read that the judge had been so
lacking in mercy?
Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup of suffering from Terri
Schiavo; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.