Morality: 50 Shades of Grey

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” – Isaiah 5:20[1]

brittany-maynard cancer suicideBrittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman dying from an inoperable brain tumor, chose to commit suicide on November 1. She called it “death with dignity.” I expected pro-lifers and Christians with cancer to balk. But I didn’t expect amoral sympathy from two friends and former classmates. Both young women said, “I hesitate to call it suicide.” They argued that, since Brittany was dying, she already had no hope. It wasn’t suicide if she didn’t want to live. And since Brittany wasn’t a Christian, Christian standards of morality didn’t apply to her. My friends refused to judge this woman and didn’t think God would do so either. One friend even sympathized with Brittany because her own mother died of cancer, yet her mom chose not to commit suicide.

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines suicide as “the action of killing oneself intentionally.” The adverbial modifier is unnecessary, since the Latin origin of this word means “to kill oneself.” Still, as the dictionary defines it, suicide is self-murder. It is immoral and unsuccessful attempts are illegal. God, the Author of life, gives us permission to breathe. He decides when we’re born and when we die. Therefore, suicide is the ultimate idolatry, for it usurps God’s rightful place.

Definitions are vital in morality. The foundation of law, they distinguish right from wrong. So when definitions change, laws change. Suddenly wrong becomes right and evil becomes good. Anything goes. We’ve already seen this phenomenon in gender, marriage, and family. Instead of just male and female, we now have transgender. Instead of just one man and one woman, we now have same-sex marriage and polygamy and we don’t think families don’t need two-gender parents. Laws worldwide have changed to fit these new immoral definitions. Is suicide next?

robin-williamsI wish my friends would understand and receive these truths. But they don’t know or believe in Jesus Christ, Giver of eternal life and Righteous Judge of “the living and the dead” (Genesis 18:25, John 4:14, 11:25, 14:6; Acts 10:42, 2 Timothy 4:1, 1 Peter 4:5, Revelation 20:11-15). Neither do my friends know that people can commit suicide under pressure. Some, like Robin Williams, hear voices of demons in their heads and choose to kill themselves. Those who listen to Satan, to the point of death, enter hell for all eternity. They would have found hope if they’d resisted Satan, repented, and believed in Christ for salvation. And as Nadin Naumann and Daily Signal editor Katrina Trinko note, people can still “die with dignity” when they choose to fight for their lives.

“Choose life, so that both you and your descendants may live.” – Deuteronomy 30:19

God doesn’t have two moral standards for believers and unbelievers. We will all be judged by his Word one day, whether or not we believe in it. “Now is the day of salvation,” so let us forsake this world’s culture of death and fifty shades of moral grey (2 Corinthians 6:2). Let us choose life in Christ instead, trusting in his unchanging character and Word. He alone will determine our last day here on earth.

[1] New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted


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