Sunday, March 20, 2005

 

"Devout Lutheran"

Someone on the radio said that Michael Schiavo is a "devout Lutheran." Okay, I looked in a book called Playing God: 50 Religions' Views on Your Right to Die to see just what the Lutheran official take on euthanasia is. Here's an interesting snippet, from page 138:

"...cases of lingering and painful illnesses provide the opportunity for prayer by the one who is sick as well as for the opportunity for fellow Christians to minister to the one who is suffering and perhaps dying and in so doing to minister to Christ Himself (cf. Matt. 25:40: 'Verily, I say unto you, whatever you did to one of my brothers here, however humble, you did to me.')."

So Mr. Schiavo would appear to me not such a "devout Lutheran" after all.

The Biblical quote above comes from the same bit where Jesus says that whoever feeds someone in His name is feeding Jesus Himself. Which would mean, conversely, that whoever starves an innocent person to death is starving Jesus, wouldn't it?

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