On Sunday, we encouraged you all to be praying for wisdom for our politicians as they respond to David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill (i.e., Euthanasia Bill – http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2017/0269/latest/DLM7285905.html) in the coming weeks and months. We also recommended making a submission to the Justice Select Committee (submissions can be made until February 20th here: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCJU_SCF_BILL_74307/end-of-life-choice-bill). This Bill concerns some of the most vulnerable people of our society—those who are sick and dying, who are elderly, who are disabled, and their families and friends. In other words, it concerns the people with whom Jesus spent most of his time, and to whom he sends us, the church, bearing witness to the good news of God’s kingdom and Christ the King. It also concerns suffering and death—two things Scripture has plenty to say about (Job 1:21; Jn 11:25-262 Cor 4:17-181 Thess 4:13-14Rev 21:4).
For these reasons, this Bill concerns us, and we ought to have a wise and pastoral response to such a concern, and for the people it most affects. But may our response be more than a prayer or a letter: May we be a people who live a different response to the suffering and death of the world through our active, faithful presence and care in those hard places. May we, with Christ, testify to life in death, and shine as light in the darkness (Jn 1). Elliot and Sarah Rice