You’ve seen them all over your TV, and on every internet news page – those poor, pitiful, oil-soaked pelicans struggling for life in the Gulf waters. If you haven’t seen them yet, you must live under a rock. If you do live under a rock, click here:
Now, don’t get me wrong. I do not like what is happening with this massive oil spill, and I do not believe Christians should be anything other than good stewards of the creation of the Lord. But, in the church we’ve lost and ignored what this really means. God gave humanity a “dominion mandate” in Genesis 1:26, and reiterated it after the flood of Noah in Genesis 9:1-3. We humans are the crown of God’s creation, bearing the very image of the Creator (though I hasten to note our sin has horribly warped that image). We are not animals; I don’t care what your Darwinian PhD professor told you.
No responsible Christian I know supports blatant torture of animals. And I myself have been very concerned over this oil spill primarily for the impact it is having on local economies and local people. [By the way, does anyone doubt that our Sovereign God can shut down economies whenever He takes a notion?] I have also been concerned because I love to hunt waterfowl, and I truly enjoy watching waterfowl. They are magnificent creatures that glorify our Lord in His creative splendor. So, I want this mess cleaned up just like everyone else.
My concern, however, is that many Christians are reacting more passionately about the poor, pitiful plight of pelicans than they do the ongoing infanticide of thousands of unborn human babies in Planned Parenthood abortion mills around the nation today. The warped priorities of our culture become painfully obvious when we note how angrily the news media and even many inside our churches act out when watching those struggling pelicans.
Yesterday, on one of the news programs, I watched a pelican all but losing the battle with the oil. Its head was sinking under the water and it was obviously gasping for its final breaths. It was pitiful and it does not give me joy to watch this disaster. But I turned to my wife and asked her what she thought the reaction in America would be if a major news network began showing the last few minutes of an unborn baby’s life in the womb, just before the murderous doctor tore the baby limb from limb. Few would “tolerate” it for long. Seeing the baby’s struggle to stay alive, to avoid the death instruments being thrust at it, would be far more than most Americans could or would bear. No doubt the TV network would pay a dear price from pro-death forces, too.
I guess I’m asking where the outrage is in America, in the church? Our hell-bent elected officials continue to pour millions and milions into saving the pelicans, while also throwing millions of tax-payer dollars at destroying unborn babies. This, my friends, is a demonic perversion of the created order of things. This is Darwinian worldview come full circle.
“O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid. O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of these years, in the midst of years make known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).