If this doesn’t fit “a creeping thing upon the earth” to a tee, then I don’t know what does.
I found him crawling around behind my house as we were leaving last week. He was “eye-catching” to say the least. Continue reading
I do not support the agenda of PETA. I do not believe it’s morally wrong to eat meat. I believe animal sacrifice was actually a God-ordained command under the Bible’s previously given, but now replaced, laws. I do not believe that an animal’s life is of equal value to a person’s. I do not believe a pet is its owner’s child, nor do I believe that the owner is the pet’s parent. But I still have one big pet-peeve that irks me when it comes to people and pets and responsibility – that’s people who drop off animals, whether young or old, at other people’s houses because they are too irresponsible to take care of them.
I’m the former owner of one cat. I say former because now I have two cats.
The first cat is approximately 13 years old. We have her because someone picked her up as a kitten on the side of the road and brought her to worship services one night. Considering her age, the rest of the story should be somewhat obvious.
The new cat is approximately 2 to 3 months old. We have him because someone dropped him off along the road in front of our house. Considering his age (and the last sentence of the first paragraph), the attitude that led to his arrival should be somewhat obvious. Continue reading
I don’t know if you’ve heard the news (as of right now, the video on YouTube already has over 5 1/2 million views), but a very sad, bad and unfortunate situation played out over the weekend when a very young child fell into a lowland gorilla exhibit at a Cincinnati zoo. The boy’s encounter with the gorilla ultimately resulted in the gorilla being shot and killed, and the boy having to go to the hospital for, what some media outlets were calling, “non-life-threatening” injuries. And as of this morning, according to the stories of outrage now being directed toward the zoo and the parents, it seems as if another result of the situation will be that the family of this young child will have to go into protective custody!
The following are “some” of the “profanity-free” comments that can be read on YouTube. Now I want to say that I have no doubt that some of these “comments” are only being made because of the brashness, “boldness”, “bravery” and desire for attention that oft describes many comments made on websites. But that fact withstanding, I believe that some of the comments come from their maker’s heart and that they reflect a growing warped mindset concerning the western culture’s view of human life versus animal life. Look at what I mean:
On and on the comments go. Now we see the mindset that leads to millions of government tax dollars going to child-aborting-production-line companies such as “Planned Parenthood” while “adults” elsewhere chain themselves to trees and freely give millions of dollars to companies that fight for animal lives. Now we see the mindset that leads to more tears being shed over the thought of an animal losing its life than the rivers of human blood that flows down America’s sewers because of “liberty”. Now we see the mindset that leads to legal action being taken against people who reveal the flippant attitude that Murder Inc. bosses have toward the dead body of a human fetus while the people who release footage of animals being killed on food-farms are lauded as heroes. Now we see the mindset that causes a sad situation to become something that reveals an even sadder mindset.
Is there room for discussion about vigilant parenting when it comes to this situation? No doubt. But I believe that there is now more room for discussion about the mindset that calls for “vigilante” justice because the life of a child was protected by taking the life of an animal.
“Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?” (Matthew 6:26 – NET)
Many people praise God and curse mankind with the same tongue. “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10 NKJV). It is only because God, not Evolution, created us that humans should be treated with a dignity above animals. People who say, “Pets are humans, too” have elevated animals to having the image of God, and that is idolatry! They have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). Because baptism washes away sins (Acts 22:16), it is not for animals!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 12:10: “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”
“A righteous man” listens to God’s Wisdom, and appreciates the world as the product of God’s mighty work: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and “God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:25). Let us note, however, that God made humans to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Though a “righteous man” will “regard” his animal, he will also know the difference between a human and an animal! Animals are NOT human, too!
The best “the wicked” can offer (their “tender mercies”) “are cruel.” The cliché is true, that those who are cruel to animals as children are cruel to animals as adults, and cruel to humans, too. Those who disregard God’s care for animals will disrespect God’s care for humans, and vice versa. As one of God’s creatures, “natural brute beasts [are] made to be caught and destroyed” (2 Peter 2:12), but human beings are NOT!
God provided for animals to reproduce “according to its kind” (Genesis 1:25); when humanity was saved from a corrupted world in Noah’s ark, God included animals (Genesis 8:15-19); when God gave Israelites a “sabbath day,” He included the animals (Exodus 20:8-11); and the animals who were used to raise food were allowed to eat of that food (Deuteronomy 25:4)! God’s care for the animals He created will be reflected in a “righteous man” who is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-30). By-the-way, not muzzling the oxen but allowing them to be fed from their labors is applied to the support of Gospel Preachers (1 Corinthians 9:3-11). After quoting Deuteronomy 25:4, Paul asked, “Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?” Some brethren take better care of their animals and pets than they do of their Gospel Preacher! Such is not only disgraceful but damnable, as well! Care for animals was never intended to be greater than consideration for humans, especially Gospel Preachers, but was intended by God’s command to put “regard” into consideration for humans, hopefully to show them how to “regard” their fellow man!
All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.
Here are two links with information that goes in two different directions…well, maybe not that different after I think about it.
The first one brings you to an article by Brett Pertillo about giraffes and evolution called: Why Giraffes Don’t Have Brain Damage. It’s a really good read.
The second one brings you to some information about a benefit dinner for Apologetics Press on September 6th down in Florence, AL. I thought some people would like to know about this. Apologetics Press does great work.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 – NKJV)