Summary: To truly rescue the animals, plants, and wildlife; a person must examine themself for sin. It is more deadly to animals than wildfire!
SAVE THE ANIMALS
Did you hear the news the other day? The newscaster said that the Animal Rights people are going to try to force meat processors into putting the chickens to sleep prior to butchering them for sale to our supermarkets. It seems that it is inhumane for chickens to just be slaughtered in mass. Did you ever stop to think about the meat that we consume? We go to the grocery store select a nice package. Sometimes, we get raw meat all nicely packaged and prepare it for our families. Other times we get foods that are processed and already for us to just nuke and eat. Or we even go to restaurants and order a meal where all we have to do is eat and pay the bill.
There are areas in America that are set aside for wild life and sometimes, progress is halted to protect a certain species. There is Save the Whales, Save the Eagles, even Save the Fish. I even heard of a man who deliberately ran his car into a tree and someone took him to court for cruelty to the tree. The judge actually ordered this man to apologize to the tree, pay for tree surgeons to repair the damage and he had to hug the tree. Is this good or silly? Probably some of both. Let’s see what the Bible says about these topics:
Let’s start at the beginning. Genesis.
Genesis 1 :01 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (10) And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. (11) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth, and it was so. (20) And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. (21) And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (22) And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. (23) And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind,
cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (25) And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) So God created man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Okay, we know that God created the world, the plants and the animals. They are set in a delicate balance, one is dependent upon the other. Only mankind was created in God’s image and was to have dominion over all the rest of the creation. What does dominion mean? According to Webster’s Dictionary it comes from Latin dominio or dominus (which means lord) it is to rule or to have power over. To govern. To be master over. To control. Within this definition it is very easy to see that God has dominion over the earth, and all that dwell within. He is our ruler, He is our provider, He is our master. He loves and cares for us. The earth and its resources belong to God. (Leviticus 25:23 The land should not be sold forever: for the land is Mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.) All has been placed in mankind’s care. People have a sacred responsibility to care for the earth as diligently as God does. Luke 12:41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? (42) And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? (43) Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (44) Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. (45) But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; (46) The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut