So it appears Terri Schiavo's parents have exhausted their last hope and she will be allowed to die in peace. With the religious right clamoring in her defense and praying at her bedside, I can't help but wonder what role they think God plays in all this. One of the many, many inconsistencies that eventually led to my leaving the church was the idea that Christians always want God's will to be done and in fact believe that it will be done regardless of our actions--and yet they are instructed to pray ceaselessly for who knows what. If it is God's will that Terri Schiavo live in a vegetative coma for another fifty years, then does is really matter what any earthly judge decrees? Surely God isn't waiting for the number of prayers to reach some magical number. Right? Or is he just confused because people are praying on both sides of the issue? If God wants her to live, she'll live. Right?
And if God's will is going to be done regardless, why all the hubbub? Why not just sit back and let God do his thing and marvel at his majesty? Couldn't going to the courts be seen as a lack of faith? Heck, couldn't seeking medical treatment at all be seen as a lack of faith--or worse, as a way to circumvent the will of God? Who knows--nobody. When Terri eventually dies, the religious will rest in peace saying she is with her maker now and it was all God's will. Had they won in the courts, they'd be praising God for intervening and saying that was God's will too. It's all psychobabble and mind games.
[Edit: When Terri dies and her parents and the religious right accept that "it was God's will," will they then turn around and embrace Terri's husband? Will they apologize for all the nasty things they've said about him? After all, he will have been on the side of God's will all along. I doubt it.]