I am sure it is not what Jesus meant when he said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” But, Ronald Phillips has raised some questions about it. He is a convicted killer, scheduled to die for his crime; but he is hoping to bring something good out of his death and has requested his organs be donated to help others.
His mom is on kidney dialysis and his sister has heart disease. He would hope they could benefit from his organs, but if not he wants those organs and anything else that can be of use, to go to anyone in need. There are many problems with this, the potential damage done by lethal injection, the security of physicians, and the cost, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I am not really sure what should be done; I am thankful I don’t have to make that decision. But, I am even more thankful that the death of a completely innocent man paid for the sins of the guilty. Jesus’ death, his own sacrifice has made it possible for anyone and everyone who repents and believes to be pardoned from their own execution, a spiritual death that lasts forever.
I will pray for those affected by Ronald Phillip’s crime and those who can benefit from his death, but more than that I will pray for those who can find life in Jesus’ death.
Hanson, Hilary. “Ronald Phillips, Killer Who Wants To Donate Organs, Has Execution Delayed By Governor.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Nov. 2013. Web. 29 Nov. 2013.
“Greater lover has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
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