The Submissive Mind
There is a dangerous trend occurring today. It comes dressed as a lamb, but
in reality, it is a ravening wolf. This is the pro-animal movement. Now concern
for the unnecessary use of animals for testing of products, concern that
there is no unnecessary pain given to them etc. is reasonable. Certainly,
we shouldnt contribute to the extinction of species of animals.
Much of what groups like Greenpeace and World Wildlife Federation do aids
in the protection of animals and the education of people regarding their
needs. And as Christians, we must be concerned with the abuse of Gods
But, the down side is that most of these groups are not based on a Biblical
view of creation, and therefore an accurate view of this world. This becomes
most obvious when we hear extreme groups who say that all animal life must
be protected, who discuss animal rights. Not only would they eliminate all
testing, even that which is necessary for the saving of human life, but they
would eliminate all use of animals for food, clothes and even the use of
animals in zoos, circuses, etc.. "Humans must stop exploiting the animals."
And any use of animals by people is, by definition, exploitative.
At one time, in San Francisco, there was action to enforce calling pet owners,
"animal guardians." I did read in one letter to the editor that no one owns
cats; cats have staff. The problem here, though, is that the underlying view
of this kind of nutty thinking is, animals are equal, even higher, that is,
more important than people. If we must give up our life, our jobs, our society
to protect a few fish, or a handful of owls, then thats appropriate.
The animal rights extremists dont care if they undermine the economy
and society at best. And at worst, some actually believe the best thing for
"mother" earth would be the elimination of the human race, or at least the
bulk of it.
If you investigate how these groups use their funds, youll often see
they send funds to Planned Parenthood. We often find these people working
hand-in-hand with the pro-abortion groups to eliminate people. This is why
we need to be careful in which ecologically concerned groups we support,
and there are some Christian "green" organizations.
Essentially these people would agree that this would be a wonderful place
except for the people. And in one sense, theyre right. People are a
problem. But the problem isnt the existence of people; it is the
selfishness of people. The problem is a world that says, "we must look out
for number one." And as we live this way ourselves, as well as living among
people who function this way, it is no wonder people can steal our joy. And
what is the answer to this? Why, quit looking out for number one.