Tuesday, May 06, 2008

SIN IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE

From the Charlotte Observer is the story that a U.S. task force is deciding who should live and who should die in case of a pandemic. They are deciding if age 86 shouldn't be the cut off date for "denying lifesaving care."1 Reading this I wondered who has the right to set an age for life and death. Someone else is going to decide when you die? Once it becomes acceptable to deny care in the case of a pandemic, it is only a short distance away from denying the care for something less than a pandemic. It becomes a slippery slope. And it illustrates why the government should not be the only, or main supplier of healthcare. If you buy your own insurance, it is out of their hands.

Paul wrote to Timothy, "Evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Tim. 3:13). This deception is happening before our eyes, both in religious and secular matters, and it threatens the religious and personal freedoms of every man. The "slippery slope" argument says a first step in the wrong direction leads to an inevitable next step. Because the next step is independent of the first, the argument doesn't always hold true; but for evil it does because evil is always hungry for the next step. If you give the devil an inch, he will take a mile. Evil men and impostors are not satisfied with the first step; they will be back and advance their goals further. The secular, non-religious world, is proceeding from bad to worse. Examples include the Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion and the legalization of euthanasia in Oregon. Arguments for euthanizing only the "terminally ill" is the starting point of a long-range goal of terminating every life that is not deemed normal. In an Associated Press article, Wesley J. Smith, a prominent critic says, "The slippery slope in the Netherlands has descended already into a vertical cliff." (Read Now They Want to Euthanize Children. And The Senile have a "duty to die"?) It is a frightening thing to think that these nameless, faceless, "task forces" can decide who should live and who should die.



That our country has started onto the path of moral decline is apparent, and we have to wonder what is next? Will it descend to the Christian losing his right to worship God, to speak the Gospel, or to bring his children up in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord"? Do not think these things are unrelated. For evil to progress, the voice of morality must be silenced: just ask Jesus, John, Peter, James, Stephen, and others. Many people in the world have known such tyranny and it may be only a matter of time that the unimaginable happens here. The names of God and Christ are being removed from every public place and public officials are warned that speaking about their faith is improper. Three judge panels are declaring that parents don't have the right to remove their elementary age children from classes meant to make them more accepting of homosexual relations.2

It wasn't long ago that a San Francisco Bay area school barred a teacher from showing the Declaration of Independence because it has a reference to the Creator! These people believe that only their moral standard is right. Because that Declaration of Independence says that our liberties are from the Creator, one school has deemed it to be unfit reading for fifth graders. But they must sit and listen to the "King and King" book on homosexuality! What will be next?

We know that men will proceed from bad to worse. They will be deceiving as they are being deceived. Christians who stand up and oppose them can expect to be branded as extremist bigots, and radical trouble-makers. Just remember what Paul told Timothy: "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Tim. 2:12). If you defend the life of the unborn child, you will be persecuted. If you say that euthanasia is immoral, you will be persecuted. If you proclaim that Jesus is the only way to salvation, you will be persecuted. Take a stand on anything that is true, and you will be marginalized. It is a matter of faith for Christians to stand firm as they see the world straying from what is right.
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1. Denying lifesaving care
2. Homosexual family taught to first graders in Massachusetts

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dan, do you read these comments?

    The "slippery slope" argument says a first step in the wrong direction leads to an inevitable next step. Because the next step is independent of the first, the argument doesn't always hold true; but for evil it is true. If you give the devil an inch, he will take a mile. Evil men and impostors are not satisfied with the first step; they will be back to further advance their goals.

    Exactly, the way I see it, the slippery slope is dependent upon intentions. The intentions of those advancing evil is always to descend at least one step farther than they already are.

    Interestingly, I was thinking along these same lines the other day and was reviewing the Constitution's First Amendment protection of religious freedom. It seems that this has all gone haywire. The first amendment states that the Congress shall not make any laws respecting establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. How in the world did that statement come to mean that the word God cannot enter a public school? It seems that this amendment has been twisted so far that recent rulings on the matter bear no resemblance to the Constitution.

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