“Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My”

Anyone who knows me knows that I love cats.  Cats, to me, are truly wonderful companions found in creation and a gift from God.  Along those same lines, lions are among some of the most beautiful and majestic animals to be admired in creation.  BUT, I am so tired of hearing all of the outrage over the death of a lion in the wake of the horrific atrocities that are being committed by Planned Parenthood.  It is only man who is created in the image and likeness of God.  Speaking to the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord said “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” That does not begin and end with Jeremiah, that is true of everyone of us who are living AND those who have never lived on earth because of abortion. God knows their names as well – all 55-60 million of the babies who have never lived on this earth.  They are welcome in Heaven, even if they were not welcome here on earth.

The dentist who killed the lion is being sought for extradition back to Zimbabwe to stand trial – seriously?  I get that the lion was killed illegally, but when did we, as a race of people, become so twisted in our thinking that someone who kills a lion while hunting is a murderer but the hundreds of PP workers who kill babies on a daily basis and then sell their body parts are allowed to continue with impunity?  Animal rights activists are all about the animal with no regard for the fact that it the human race to which God granted reason and an ability to commune with Him.  God gave the human race dominion over the earth: Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).   Likewise, in Genesis 1:28 God says “God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth.”  We are definitely commanded, through these passages of scripture to act as God’s agents on this earth and to take care of it and to be good stewards of what He has given us.  Of course that means that we are not to destroy the earth or be cruel to animals but that does not mean that it is OK to destroy one another or worse yet those most helpless among us – the unborn.

Life is precious and ALL LIFE IS SACRED and ALL LIVES MATTER.  Unfortunately, some believe only certain lives matter and only some lives are worth saving.  Is it sad that Cecil, the lion was killed?  Sure, of course it is.  But when did you last weep over the unborn and think how sad it is that an individual was just killed?  Are we weeping at the images of the torn body parts, over the clear image of the hands, feet, head, etc. of the baby just ripped from its mother’s womb? We need a better understanding of the proper order of things – only man was created in His image.

Day 22 – October 17, 2012

I know I’ve mentioned this before, today, being Wednesday, is the day that the babies are delivered by dismemberment in Germantown and I was so grieved for the lives of these children today.  I have no idea how many children died in Germantown this week, but just one is too many.  This morning was very different for me, something I’m generally not used to doing.  The Lord had me keep a silent vigil this morning in honor of those who died today.  I didn’t pray anything this morning, I just was there in silence and after about a half an hour I decided to read the scripture.  I felt impressed to read the book of Habakkuk, which is probably not one of those books that is read so frequently or that one would just of think of reading as I did this morning.  But, as is so true with the Lord, it was the right book to read today.  The book only has three chapters, so it’s a quick read.  Habakkuk’s name means to wrestle with or embrace as in a particularly bothersome issue, i.e. ABORTION.  The prophet attempts to explore the issues of why God has allowed evil.

A study by Hampton Keathley at Bible.org does a good job of looking at the book of Habakkuk and explaining the idea of questioning God or wrestling with God over the evil and injustice seen in the world and why this okay to do.  But more than that, this book is about faithfulness.  It is about the faithfulness of God to redeem His people and bring justice where there is evil and it is about the rewards we receive for being a faithful people.   I must remember to remain faithful to that which God has called me and recognize His sovereignty.  I must also realize that the answers I want may not come when I want them or in the way I want.  It is important to remember that God does not condone evil and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!  By the end of the book Habakkuk was able to see this and proclaim praises to God.

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.

Habakkuk 3:17-19