Monday, March 21, 2005

Why Wisdom Matters

A life hangs in the balance as men debate whether Terri Shiavo is allowed to live or die.

This debate is only possible because we have elevated knowledge above wisdom. Knowledge is important and we must learn the facts but without wisdom, knowledge will lead us to debates about whether or not Terri Shiavo is allowed to live or die simply because she cannot feed herself.

Micheal Shiave claims to know what Terri would want to do in this situation. Based on a conversation long ago, he has determined that it is Terri's wish to die. A claim, if true, was made at a very different time in her life. Would Terri say the same thing today? We may never know. Would Terri even want to stay married to thie man who she committed to so long ago? Surely her wish that he remain faithful is just as sacred as her "wish to die". Micheal has changed from this experience. So much so, that he felt the need to take on another relationship and father children. Shouldn't the benefit of the doubt be given to Terri that her wishes may have changed as well?

Peggy Noonan wants the politicians to fear the wrath of the voters. And they should. But they should fear the Lord and the one who will hold them eternally accountable more.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" Proverbs 9:10

Micheal Shiavo, the attorneys, the doctors, the politicians, and any others who are involved will all give an account to God for how they applied the knowledge they had.

Wisdom is how we handle the knowledge we are given. One will use it unto death another will use if unto life. The only difference is the fear of God.


Dory at
Wittenburg Gate is asking an excellent question. Her site also has a great set of links to all the latest news on Terri.

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