And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Before I get into this at all, I want to make clear that this was done by him, voluntarily. That being said…
The sub-headline for this article reads “Euthanasia for people in ‘unbearable suffering’ and no prospect of improvement is legal in the country.”
This is a law put into effect 16 years ago. Mark Langedijk decided he had had enough of alcoholism and the suffering it entails. It was time to throw in the towel. His application for assisted suicide – sounds more like what it is than the gentler, multi-syllabic “euthanasia” – was approved. He chose July 14 as his departure date, and the plans were put together.
After 21 rehab visits over eight years, the family wasn’t sure if they wanted to take this seriously. Although I don’t have any details outside of the article, my guess is that after averaging almost three rehab cycles per year, the one thing Mark was good at was quitting. That this time he decided to make the ultimate surrender shouldn’t have been a surprise in hind sight.
Apparently, the family all had a good time of it. Laughs, eats, and booze were the order of the day until the executioner arrived at 3:15pm (I know the article says “doctor,” but let’s keep it real, shall we?).
That’s when the crying started along with the I-Love-You’s and the sincere, if misplaced, assurances that everything would be just fine. Even the self-condemned was crying at the thought of not seeing his family until sometime, somewhere in the hereafter. His brother probably said the most honest thing I saw quoted in the article.
“If it was not so terrible, it would have been nice…”
I wonder if he realized what he was really admitting to, that this was a shitty decision they all tried to convince themselves was the right thing to do.
Mr. Langedijk joined the over 5500 others who committed assisted suicide last year in the Netherlands. And while other countries are leaning that way or have already legalized it, at least a Conservative MP in England sees the action, in part, for what it is. Fiona Bruce says Mr. Langedijk’s death was:
“…deeply concerning and yet another reason why assisted suicide and euthanasia must never be introduced into the UK. What someone suffering from alcoholism needs is support and treatment to get better from their addiction – which can be provided – not to be euthanised. It is once again a troubling sign of how legalised euthanasia undermines in other countries the treatment and help the most vulnerable should receive.”
There are those who argue against that viewpoint, which I will leave you to read in the article’s entirety. I will say that BOTH sides ignore one, critical component in this debate.
God, who does not promise ease in this world of sin. God, who DOES promise His strength to preserve us in our difficulties. God, who guarantees our ultimate victory in Christ Jesus.
I’ve written other articles over time on both Euthanasia and abortion. Click on those categories below for more.