In March of 2007, when my mother was in the hospital dying, the question of a feeding tube and a DNR order (do not resuscitate) came up. Feeding, even through a tube, is a humane act, not an extraordinary measure to unnaturally extend life. And when someone’s eternal destiny may not be settled, why cut their time short by denying them something as basic as food? My mother was fed by tube, and she lived another three weeks. That was all. Those were three more weeks that we had to pray for and minister to her. We believed a feeding tube was in order, and we questioned the DNR (do not resuscitate) order.
As we were about the leave the hospital one day, another patient who was being discharged began speaking with us. He told us that he had six heart attacks and was resuscitated all six times. Interesting isn’t it, that this total stranger who knew nothing about us started telling us this, his very interesting story. My husband listened and spoke with him, and then shared some scripture and bible tracts with the man. What if someone had put a DNR order on that man’s chart after his fifth or sixth heart attack? His opportunity for salvation would have been forever gone! Hell is a real place, and Jesus was the one who taught us about hell.
These issues have come up again with my father. It’s sad, and tragic, when people leave God out of the equation.