We believe human beings have a right to live ”“ because of who they are ”“ as image bearers of God ”“ not because of what they do ”“ as productive members of society. We do not judge the worth of a person by their usefulness to society. But sadly, our culture is beginning to do just that.
Human embryos are disposable ”“ maybe useful for future medical research. And thus an embryo’s value is found it what it can be used for, not in what it is.
The unborn have no voice. They cannot yet think or reason, so their rights depend on the circumstances of the mother. They have value only if they are “wanted,” and they can be terminated if they are “unwanted.”
The senior citizen battling dementia ”“ what useful purpose does she serve for society? Why not allow her to die? After all, euthanasia provides “death with dignity.” Society thinks the elderly have no value in who they are, as fellow human beings who bear the image of God, but in what they can do to serve society.
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