“Oh Lord, can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the Lord our God will wipe them out.”
Psalms 94:20-23 ESV
“But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’ Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you. For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men. Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord , and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?”An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?”
Jeremiah 5:23-31 ESV
New Zealand has a big problem with youth suicide, so they are planning on making assisted suicide and euthanasia legal for certain weaker people. This opens the door to elder abuse and to coercion of disabled people. The maximum penalty to a doctor who disobeys the bill is 3 months prison or $10,000. The bill will overwrite sections in the Crimes Act which prohibit assisting someone to commit suicide, and also those which prohibit a doctor from administering lethal drugs by injection.
Suicide is such a big problem in New Zealand because our culture has made a covenant with death. Over 500,000 little children have been slain through abortion. Instead of mourning and lamenting this terrible tragedy, do we want it to continue and expand? Young people’s siblings and peers have been aborted. Our nation needs to stop bloodshed and we need restoration, not more killing of human beings.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Christian opponent to Nazism
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
-Martin Niemöller – Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’- Jesus Christ, Matthew 25:45
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Psalms 139:13-16 ESV