Little Charlie Gard lies in a hospital bed in Great Ormand Street Hospital in Britain waiting for the courts to decide if he lives or dies. Yes you read that right – waiting for the courts to decide if he lives or dies. His parents do not have the ability to take their child out of Great Ormand Street Hospital because the British courts have decided he is terminally ill, and are deciding whether to turn off life support or not. It doesn’t matter what his parents want for their child. It doesn’t matter that other doctors in America and other parts of the world believe they can help this child. They may be right, but we will never know if the British courts decide to turn off life support. In Britain if there is a dispute between parents and the doctors over treatment, the courts will decide the issue.
This should infuriate anyone who believes in the sanctity of life. Is this the result of socialized medicine in Britain and some bureaucrat recommending this child’s life support be turned off because his care has become too expensive? Is this a decision they are making with compassion for the child irregardless of the parents wishes and their hope to give their child a fighting chance to live? It certainly seems to be more of the former than the latter. I have made the statement before that people are disposable. Society has made people disposable through practices like abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia, but also in how our society looks at and treats those in poverty, those who are hungry, homeless, etc. Who put society in charge of deciding life or death?
As Catholics we believe in the sanctity of life and that God gives us life in his image. If God gives us life, then who else can take it away except God? The answer is no one can. If you believe in life you believe that all life is sacred. Who outsourced these decisions to the British courts in Charlie Gard’s case, and to society in general? The answer is nobody did. This is not their decision to make.
21He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’
In St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians ( 1 Cor. 6:19):
“If we live, we are responsible to the Lord, and when we die we are responsible to the Lord. Both in life and in death we belong to the Lord.”
In his letter to the Romans St Paul states (Romans 14:18):
Not one of us decided the time or manner in which we came into this world. Our life is a sacred gift from God, and only He can give it. It is therefore His right alone to take us out of this world.
The Bible is clear as to who gives life and who can take it away. I did not see any exception identified for the British courts or anyone put here by God to make these decisions. Will this child survive if given the opportunity for treatment? If it is God’s will. Why don’t we stop playing God and let the one who created us decide when our lives here on earth are ended. I ask you all to join me in prayer for little Charlie Gard:
We believe that you create us in your image, and that we are put on this earth so that your will be done. We pray for Charlie Gard and his family, that they may be given the opportunity to seek your will and to try and save their child if that is what you desire. We trust in your Lord, and believe that you know what is best for us, and act in our best interests. Let this child and his family be given the opportunity to see what your will is here and not what the courts decide. This child was put on this earth for a reason that only You know, so please Lord allow this child to be given the opportunity to fulfill your will and not have his life taken away because some person believes they know what is best for Charlie. It is you that we trust Lord, and only You. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.