Paul's Passing Thoughts

It’s All About Life: A TANC Christmas Card

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 24, 2015

Paul and SusanBetween being a fire system inspector for facilities that serve the mentally handicapped, and more recently a HHA, I suppose it was inevitable that I would ask myself the two-part question: Why do we do it? Why do they do it?

Let’s begin with the “we.” Who is the “we”? It’s our country, America. Whether the facilities that I worked in for the mentally handicapped, or the dialysis facility I was in yesterday, why does America stand out as a nation that spares no expense whatsoever for the societal noncontributors?

And why do they do it? That is, those stricken with a severe lack of wellbeing; those who have a “low quality of life.” Why do they take a valiant stand on a small hill against death with the few things they have left to enjoy in life? Why is a hot bath every day enough? And well, if the aid will feed them a chocolate milkshake afterward—that’s really living large!

I am still pondering this mystery, but my best answer right now is that we are created in the image of God, and He loves life. Therefore, we are simply wired by God to love life, value life, and defend life. And as an aside, let me say that any society that will not defend life on the front side will eventually decease from defending life on the backside. This is simple metaphysical math. Morphing from the definition of what a person IS versus defining personhood by what a person DOES is a very short step.

The Bible says God is love—that’s what defines Him, and without life, where would love be? Many who hate life in the name of God answer this way: the only relevant love is God’s “self love.” But at any rate, it seems to me that the war between good and evil started with a rejection of life created by God. If you miss the following theme in the Bible, you have missed the forest because of the trees: life is good—death is evil. Therefore, doing good brings life, and doing evil brings death.

Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

Something else seems evident to me. God not only created life as good, and loves life, but He created His creatures to have free will. He has ordained His creatures to choose good over evil, and life over death. He beseeches them to choose life, but He will not make the choice for them.

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

One errors greatly if they see God’s guardrails as burdensome commands and rules. The wisdom of the Bible is love and life. A pity infiltrators have detracted from that fact and enticed many to have cold indifference to the pleadings of God. The Bible never instructs us to celebrate the birth of Christ, but it is a most worthy celebration. Indeed, let us take this opportunity to exalt love and life in God’s honor and glory.

In the paramount act of love, Christ came to conquer God’s last enemy, the enemy He despises, death, and though Christ despised the shame of the cross, he endured it for the glory of life that would follow in His resurrection for all men who would love life as well.

Paul and Susan Dohse

Christmas Eve, 2015

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