What is the value of life? That’s a question that so many around the globe are asking in the wake of the contentious Charlie Gard case.
From abortion to parental rights and health care, “Pure Talk,” a faith-based talk show from Pure Flix and Faithwire, tackled a plethora of related issues on Thursday night’s episode.
Among the points of discussion, panelist Kirsten Haglund raised an important curiosity about when its appropriate to cling to hope verses when one should finally accept the reality before him or herself.
In Gard’s case, his parents rejected doctors’ claims that he should be removed from life support and, instead, sought experimental treatment in an effort to save his life; they eventually abandoned this quest when another doctor who planned to perform that treatment said doing do would be fruitless.
Haglund said the case raises an important question for Christians, particularly when it comes to doctors.
“When do we stop trusting the experts?” she rhetorically asked. “People are increasingly skeptical of people who they perceive as having expertise, which is sometimes healthy and can sometimes be unhealthy.”
And in a world in which miracles have been known to happen, that’s certainly worth asking (i.e.: when should doctors’ word be taken at face value). Watch Haglund and the rest of the panel discuss these issues below: