Recent news concerning the world’s contradictory views on suicide is why I’m so relieved my identity and my being are grounded in the Lord Jesus Christ. Given how unreliable and wishy-washy the mindset of people of the world can be, it’s refreshing to be encouraged by loving reminders like Paul shared in 1 Corinthians 7:23, “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” I’ve been bought with the blood of Jesus. He owns me. God expects me to refuse to submit to the ungodly principles of worldly men.
That’s why I reject the world’s take on suicide, which seems to be subjective and conditional. In recent weeks, we’ve heard about the suicides of famous DJ Avicii, fashion designer Kate Spade, and chef Anthony Bourdain. People took to social media to express their shock and sadness that such successful icons would want to experience untimely deaths. Nevertheless, on the one hand as the world expresses being stupefied over the death of celebrities, shows concern about drugs contributing to suicidal depressed moods and suggests solutions to remedy suicide, on the other hand there is political pressure among citizens and policymakers to push for the legalization of assisted suicide. It’s almost as if the world is telling us that certain people deserve to live as long as possible, but certain other people should be allowed to end their lives whenever they feel like it.
However, such indifference when it comes to assisted suicide is not revealed until the laws are actually passed. For instance, when Canada implemented its assisted suicide law, advocates in favor of it promised fail-safes would be built in to avoid abuses. But 10 Quebec doctors have now claimed they are seeing widespread abuse of the law where “patients end up wanting to die because they do not have access to proper medical care. Each physician demonstrated how the lack of access to proper care deprived patients of free and informed consent and adequate safeguards…” Patients are being “killed against their will” simply because they are made to feel assisted suicide should be preferred over medical care to help them live.
Suicide happens when the dignity of human life is separated from the truth that all human lives–from the womb to the tomb–are priceless and have purpose because we are all created in God’s image. The Lord has “no pleasure in the death of him that dieth” (Ezekiel 18:32), and goes the extra mile to preserve life. That’s why he sent his only begotten Son to die for our sins, making every effort to ensure we have access to life. So while the world sends out mixed signals on matters of life and death (including the ridiculous idea that suicide has ’13 Reasons Why’ it can be justified), I’ll just hang on to God’s unequivocal views on life that apply not only in this world, but also apply to the world to come.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10