Michelle Carter’s recent conviction of manslaughter is big news. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/suicide-texting-trial-michelle-carter-conrad-roy.html ) The now 20 year old girl encouraged her boyfriend in 2014 to follow through with his plans to commit suicide. Without commenting on the justice of the conviction, I’m convinced it’s worthwhile pointing out something confusing in our culture.
Our secular culture says that sometimes helping someone end their life is a good thing and legal, and at other times, as in Carter’s case, it’s a bad thing and you can go to prison for doing so. But when, exactly, is it good to help someone kill themselves, and when is it evil? Is it good to help kill a man with a terminal illness, but bad to help kill a man with crippling depression? Is there a criteria that separates good from bad assisted suicide? I don’t think so.
The Bible teaches that all human life is given by God and thus sacred (Gen. 9:5-6). Sick or healthy. Depressed or joyful. Unborn or aged. Sacred. Period. Both murder and suicide is wrongfully taking a life that God created. Period.
Our job is not to decide when it’s good to help people kill themselves, but rather to help people live their life to the fullest for Jesus. People with terminal illness, depression, handicaps can and do live fruitful lives. Joni Eareckson Tada has been an inspiration to me. Check out her story at this link.
Let’s be protectors of life!