Sitting on the porch swing this morning, I asked this question: “What is the difference between these things?
Kosher killing for food
Euthanasia of a suffering animal
Are we not, in some way, acting like YHVH in each of these?
Here is the answer shown to me:
Because we are Yahweh’s image-bearers, we have been given a mandate: We are to “rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the animals and over all the earth, and over every crawling creature that crawls on the earth.” (Gen 1:26) That says that we are to do what’s best for, to care for, each of these, without exploitation or abuse. We are to be prayerful in our decision making.
We are not to wantonly kill (ex. baby seals, buffalo, elephants, rhinos, tigers, beaver, eels, all those species that have been hunted to extinction), either for money, fun, convenience or fear. (The lady who lives next door to me will, without thinking, kill a skink on the basis of fear and because she doesn’t like its looks.) There is a time and a way to tend to each creature as it crosses our paths.
Exploitation and abuse happen when we don’t see creatures as part of a beautiful creation, but only see creatures as dollar signs. We cut down masses of trees, we wipe out species of creatures, and we poison the air, but then wonder why the ecosystem doesn’t work. Global warming? Climate change? Probably, but it won’t be addressed in the big creation picture. That would admit that Yahweh is the Creator.
Ferocious theology tends to forget the great kindness and overwhelming love of Yahweh. Ferocious theology tends to ignore the meaning of the scriptures it is studying. Ferocious theology can no doubt quote much scripture, but doesn’t know what it says. Ferocious theology “can’t see the forest for the trees.”
No wonder all creation groans for the return of the King. (Romans 8:19-22)