Spiritual Life: Pastor Andrew Willis, Ilford High Road Baptist Church

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 July 2017

Pastor Andrew Willis of High Road Baptist Church, Ilford.

Pastor Andrew Willis of High Road Baptist Church, Ilford.


Life is the most precious gift we have. We should treasure it.

Everyone knows his name. Not because of political ideals or sporting achievement, but his fight for life. Charlie Gard – the little boy with mitochondrial disease.

Medical professionals cannot do any more, but his parents want to take him to America for one last chance at life.

Without parental consent a hospital needs a court order if stopping treatment would lead to death. Hence the High Court case.

When news broke on Thursday, July 6, that the court refused Charlie’s parents’ request, one news reporter said the case was important for putting the child’s rights first – above even those of the parents.

That sounds a reasonable principle, although in this case (while we respect medical professionals and the court) many feel in our hearts that one last chance at life would be reasonable, too.

After all – life is so precious. And yet we’re not consistent with the principle.

Why, every year, do millions of healthy babies growing safely in the womb have their rights taken away … or not even considered at all?

In all situations we need to affirm how valuable life is – it’s the most precious gift we have. We should treasure it. Jesus said that life itself is more important than the food we eat or the clothes we buy. Most important is that in this life we learn to live by faith, trusting in the Lord Jesus, who said: “I have come to give you life … in all its fullness”.

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