Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Animal Is as Animal Does—den Boer

Cat gives blood to save hemophiliac kitten declares the headline. The newspaper story out of Lethbridge Alberta goes on to describe how Boris, a homeless cat, saved the kitten’s life. What does our world have in store? Are we looking forward to more such headlines?

Dog wins Citizen of the Year award. Pack of coyotes jailed for killing deer. Zoo animals go on strike. Ape applies for driver’s license. Cow-eater charged with cannibalism.

Will we decide to share our newspapers, our roads, our hospitals and our government with animals—equal rights for all?

Our textbooks define us as animals. As a society, we’ve stopped recognizing ourselves as created in the image of God, our Creator. We’ve even stopped recognizing our Creator.

It has all been done before:

“You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.” Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. Daniel 4:32-33 NIV

Marian den Boer is the author of Blooming, This Pilgrim's Progress

1 comment:

Peter Black said...

I see in your piece a timely reminder that the days we live in, with so much rejection of the Creator and of His image in us, can lead via a downward path to forms of dehumanizing insanity.
Hmm. Nebuchadnezzar's pride is therefore a cautionary tale.

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