As posted on the Pursuit of God Facebook page on 31 May 2016. Bit late posting it here but, I’ve done it for the benefit of those who aren’t on social media and missed out on this post.
“I was just thinking about this last night… it is ridiculously insane that the world stops to mourn for a gorilla that was put down in a Cincinnati Zoo on Memorial Day in the USA because it was about to either seriously maul or kill a small child yet millions of soldiers have given their lives for the cause of freedom (whether we got true freedom or not is not the point) and there is little respect for them. Also every single day, countless unborn babies are murdered in the womb. Where is the memorial for them? Why isn’t this atrocity in the headlines? Why is it that when a gorilla gets shot dead that it becomes a media sensation? Furthermore, countless people around the globe are perishing in their sins (154,000 people around the globe die each day – that’s 107 people a minute or 2 per second). Where is the outcry about this?! Why are not even professing Christians grieved with these issues? George Alvarado is right. Christ did not come into the world to die for GORILLAS, he came to die for human sinners like you and me. Yes, God made the gorillas and every other living creature on this planet but humans are the pinnacle of God’s creation – we are made in the image of God, animals are not! But that’s the problem with the world and most professing “Christians”, they’re not looking at the world through Biblical glasses – instead they’re looking at it through a humanistic/evolutionistic worldview/mentality and thus they are unable to recognize the sanctity of human life and as a consequence, they put the lives of animals above human beings. In other words, human lives are devalued. This a symptom of serious moral bankruptcy on the part of our modern society. When was the last time we heard in the news someone rushing into a burning building to save a little child or a grandma? I don’t even remember. Instead we constantly hear of people rushing in to save their dogs, cats and guinea pigs etc and then they’re called “heroes”. Seriously?!
It’s good to see that the Cininnati Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team made the call that the child’s life was in danger and put down the gorilla appropriately. That is applaudable that they still recognise human life as being more important than that of an animal. It’s also good to see that whilst the zoo director was obviously saddened that the gorilla’s life had to be taken, he stood by the decision of the animal response team members who are trained to understand the dangerous and unpredictable behaviour of the animal and made a quick decision to prevent injury or death to the toddler.”