AL: Joni, I think our friends would agree that our culture seems to be obsessed with death and dying.
JONI: You're right, Al. Television shows about talking to the dead...
AL: ...and suicide statistics among young people, that's on the rise.
JONI: ...and people with disabilities, I might add.
AL: ...and legislation that gives people the so-called right-to-die, the right to end their lives if they have an illness.
JONI: ...and in some other countries, the right to end their lives if they are terribly depressed or feeling weighted under overwhelming hardship.
AL: Well, Joni, I am just glad that you are out there promoting a culture of life (when some people would think you in that wheelchair of yours maybe you should want to end your life)!
JONI: One thing I love doing is talking about how meaningful life really is, no matter how challenging your circumstances. But, Al, you have a note there in front of you that I want you to read. It's from a woman named Jennifer in Kansas who wrote me some very insightful observations of hers about life and death... mind giving it a read?
AL: Sure, Jennifer says, "Dear Joni, people in today's culture revere the dead. We have big ceremonies and memorials and anniversary celebrations honoring, so to speak, the dead. But the dead themselves can't do anything anymore. [As persons], they are done... finished! Their potential is null and void. We even have laws against hurting or harming the dead. How strange then that tiny, tiny babies just getting started with all of their potential intact... how strange that they are so easily disposed of...
JONI: Wow, that's a powerful thought.
AL: ...and then Jennifer adds, "They say 'It is just a clump of cells and tissue,' but I say, can't you make the same claim about a dead body? Listening to you on the radio, Joni, I realize that people don't need help or aid in dying - people seem to do that pretty well on their own. Rather, people need aid in order to live, but it seems no one wants to give it."
JONI: That's a great note from Jennifer and it underscores how backward, how inside out our thinking becomes when we focus on death, rather than life. Little wonder Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness..." So friend listening, choose life today. Choose hope. Promote a culture of light, not darkness. It's what Jennifer's doing and Al, I think we thank her for it, don't we!
AL: Indeed we do, Joni. You know it reminded me of something you've written about; it's a question, really, that's has lit a veritable fire storm all across the country, both ethics as well as politics. That is the question: When is it right to die? Now, friends this is an issue about which Joni provides not just invaluable moral principles, but also strong, Biblical background and application. And she does it through a special recorded message titled just that, "When Is It Right To Die?" Because of the importance of this subject and just for this broadcast, we're offering listeners a free copy of a cassette which contains her entire presentation. So whether for yourself or a loved one, you'll know want to miss out on this important opportunity. Remember the cassette is absolutely free and a phone call to request yours is also free, so please call now 1-888-522-5664. Just let us know you want the free cassette of Joni's message "When Is It Right to Die?" And again that number is 1-888-522-5664. As soon as you have received yours and had a chance to listen to it carefully share this scriptural teaching with someone else. The message is too important not to be heard as widely as possible.
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