Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Chasing Wind

I hope all of you enjoyed some time off to celebrate Easter. I know I had a good break and some great family time.

It seemed every time we flipped on the news, coverage was dominated by the Terri Schiavo case. She is now in her 11th day of being starved and dehydrated to death. I won’t pretend to have answers. So much conflicting information is in the news; nothing seems certain. Is she in pain? Is she not? Was this her wish? Was it not? Can she speak and move purposefully? Or not?

Some say this event is causing cracks, in a political sense, among conservatives whose opinions are varied. I think the cracking transcends the populus, however. A long time ago, but within my lifetime, we trusted certain institutions to be objective and reasonable. We trusted journalists to be unbiased. We believed judges would rule by law and by fairness. We hoped doctors, rooted in science, could make definitive diagnoses and prognoses.

Over time our trust in these institutions has been chipped away. Sometimes by our personal experiences, often by what we read. The Schiavo case cracks them wide open. It’s a sad day when our discussion of a medical doctor’s report is colored by knowing he is a member of the Hemlock (pro-euthanasia) society or, conversely, a pro-life Christian. We read the news with a jaundiced eye – is it a liberal pub or a conservative?

We yearn to know the Truth, the bottom line that all can agree on no matter their background. It’s like trying to capture the wind in this circumstance. Most of us don’t have the time or opportunity and probably not the will to figure it all out. But I hope when it comes to the challenge of Easter, you’ll consider it carefully. To believe or not in the resurrection of Jesus is central to Christian faith. We’ll talk more about it tomorrow.

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” I Corinthians 5:17