It’s interesting to think about the Terri Schiavo case as it relates to a law of ordinances vs. a law of love. It seems that it is impossible to create a set of legal regulations that would deal justly with every contingency in life.
The husband has legal standing, as well he should:
- Genesis 2:24 – For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (NIV)
But the family, as it appears to me, is on the side of morality when it comes to love and compassion for the weak and oppressed of this world:
- Psalm 82:3 – Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. (NIV)
No matter what lawmakers do, they cannot create a web of laws that won’t let an occasional fly slip through its trap uncaught.
On the other hand, if everyone in the case would act in love toward God, Terri, and each other, the Christlike and correct approach would become obvious.