i like animals. i have pets. in fact, my 20-lb cat is sitting on my lap right now. he and our other pets are lovingly “spoiled rotten”.
today’s news highlights something ridiculous and backward in our society:
normally i’d be sitting there, right along side you, teary-eyed about a dog trying to lick a paper shredder, but i’m unfortunately aware that pets – animals – have been given higher priority than humans.
Think about it:
in 2003 or so, there was a animal shelter calender auction in Seattle which raised millions of dollars. That entire year, the cities homeless shelters raised less than a fraction of that amount to care for displaced people.
people have quit having children because of ‘the commitment” or whatever, and have instead begun framing photos of their chihuahuas and cats and naming them “people-names” like “bert” or “caitlin”.
if some jerk goes out and shoots a bag of unwanted puppies, he can go to jail. people might become more vocal about “spaying and neutering your pets” to prevent unwanted animals.
if, however, a 20 year old girl has had four abortions, she is not a criminal – she is empowered.
so it seems strange to some to put animals above people, and to others it seems strange to not do so. why the difference?
i think it has to do with an understanding (or misunderstanding) of God and our purpose on the earth.
God made all creatures, and we’d be rude and unthankful to destroy things God has created for us (GEN. 9:3)… but God never intended us to elevate his other creations – or any of his creations above him or ourselves. Creatures were made for the use of man … to help us with hard labor, to make us happy, to supply us with clothing/shelter, milk (HEB.5:12), and to eat. (DEUT. 12:15)
He doesn’t want us to run around devouring all the animals … in fact, he urges us to eat meat sparingly … but he does NOT tell us not to eat meat. in fact, in the Bible, He, through the Apostle Paul, even declares that in the last days (now), the doctrines of devils would have people refusing to marry and refusing to eat meat (1 TIM. 4:1-4):
1 […] in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience
seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from
meats, which God hath created to be received with
thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be
refused, if it be received with thanksgiving …
Most people in our time also either don’t know, or have sadly forgotten that the first commandment God gave man, in the garden of eden while speaking to Adam and Eve was to “multiply and replenish the earth”. They conveniently overlook the commandment to “not kill, nor do anything like unto it.”
gotta write more later …