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Mercy is that compassion which causes one to help the sick or the poor. Showing mercy is one of the cardinal virtues of a true Christian (James 2:1-13) and is one of the determinants of God’s treatment to us. Christian Mercy is a part of the fruit of the spirit (Gal. 5:22 and 23) made up in part of love, long suffering, gentleness and good­ness.1

Killing is the depriving of life.

Premeditated killing is murder.

All that mercy is, is essential to the call­ing of a Christian nurse. But of all the attributes none is more important than that of long suffering or patience. In the care of the ill, the infirm, the aged and especially the dying patience, much patience, is re­quired. Patience for the tasks that need to be done. Patience with families that are often impatient, and Patience to wait for death to come according to God’s Plan. When one has cared for the aged or terminally ill over a long period of time, many aspects of that task may become un­pleasant, difficult and even repugnant at times even to one trained for such a task. The suffering endured by the dying is often hard for the nurse to bear. Added to these things are the anxious questions of the family. How long can this go on? Can’t you do something…. Is there no way to hurry the end? We rationalize. In our foolish finite minds we rebel against God by thinking how much better off this person would be if his earthly pilgrimage were over. But God is sovereign. He is the ruler of heaven and earth, in all our behavior we must recognize that Sov­ereignty, acknowledging that God deter­mines the length of man’s days. Now more than at any time mercy is demanded of the Christian nurse. The daily care of the dy­ing must manifest love, gentleness, good­ness, patience, and humility before the will of God.

In Mark 15:7 Jesus says to us, “Thou shall do no murder.” He gives us no ex­ceptions. He does not say we may take the life of those who suffer and those who base no possibility of recovery. Jesus says to us, “Thou shalt do no murder.” Thus it becomes blatant presumption to even con­sider that any mere creature, doctor, nurse, or loving family, should decide that the time has come for any person to die. This remains a part of God’s council.

Any Christian nurse is called to that work by God. Such a calling demands obedience to God’s commandments including, “Thou shalt do no murder.” In this calling the Christian nurse must also minister in mercy till God in His sovereignty causes the cur­tain of death to descend. Such a calling demands all efforts to preserve one’s own life and the life of one’s neighbor.

Mercy killing or rather mercy murder? In administering mercy we may do no murder.

  1. Zondervan’s Pictorial Bible Dictionary.

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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