I love animals. All sorts. All kinds. My next door neighbor can’t abide opossums or skunks, but they’re all right with me. My wife on many occasions has told me I should have been a veterinarian, zookeeper, or someone whose life work was working with animals.

Prior to sitting down to place this on A Crooked Path I was outside refilling various bird feeders. And watching as nine Eastern Bluebirds, a number of various finches, and some of the four different kinds of woodpeckers, blue jays, nuthatches and other kinds of fowl we have visit us daily were coming to eat.

The love of animals and all that God created is greatly different than the worship of, idolization of, misappropriation of priorities and emphasis placed upon. Beliefs. Where our hearts and minds are. Most people in these times openly profess they love animals more than people. Declaring then that animals rate higher in their values than does humanity. Many make no bones about this.

All the while wringing the fabric of their lives in their vain words and tears of what humanitarians and “good people” they all are.

God created all life. Every kind. Every animal, fish, fowl of the air. Every insect and living thing. All with and for a purpose. Either in food, to ease our labor, to bring us delight and see in all His Creation that He is God, the One True God and Creator of all life. To be praised, worshipped and honored. To be obeyed.

To come to know we are stewards and He provided all for us. Not to abuse. Not to worship. To know each place for everything under heaven.

We are a people, worldwide, of extremists. Either far to one roaring tempest wave in the sea of life or the opposite tide. Many profess they do not like animals. Still many others horribly abuse animals and the life with a purpose the Good Lord created for us. The degree of abuse, neglect, and vileness met out is deplorable. A sin against God and the nature He created for us.

Then, we have on the other roaring side of things a massive number of people who place animals above human life. They adore, worship, idolize God’s creation rather than adoring, praising and worshipping the Creator for what He has created for us.

The amount of money and time devoted to bathing pets in adoration, equipment, housing, specialized centers, procedures and on and on in our age is an abomination.

My wife and I have had many dogs in our life. Each taken wonderful care of. They have all been fed well, taken great care of, regular vet visits and shown compassion. As the stewards and responsible people we are. Not worshipped or idolized. We do not place an animal on a pedestal and revere it. Not to be thought of or treated, compared to the importance of human life. Far too many do these things against God, nature and the Scriptures while calling exactly that which they do something else.

And, as exampled in the article below, the media of the world merely mirrors the times in which we live. No different than all past heathen cultures making graven images of animal, fowl, fish and creature. Placing greater importance on the creations rather than on God, than on Jesus — than on human life.

This is just one more visible and audible evidence of the last of the last Biblical days in which we live.

I am not going to post verses or passages again here, as I do not know the number, but I have either posted or referenced  verses or passages or the entire chapter of Romans 1 more times than I know. Read Romans 1. We are living in its words. Today.

Yes, let us be good stewards. But let us also be of the knowledge and wisdom of God’s Word. What is taking place worldwide — all things — such as all the climate discussions and arguments, the increased earthquakes, raging fires, pollution, diseases, so on — all of it is increasing and due to one thing. Man and woman’s increasing sin and turning from God. Turning from Jesus. Turning from the Scriptures.

All seeking and believing they are the gods to set things right. If only we do this, that, and then all these other things “mother earth” will be saved! We can do it!

The pantheism, the paganism is increasing by the hour. Environmentalism is nothing more than relabeled earth worship. Paganism. Heathen. Worshipping creation rather than the Creator.

Yes, let’s take care of, let’s be good stewards, responsible, with our priorities in line according to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible.

Not according to the world. The media. What any man, woman, or child declares if they omit or deny God as Creator, Jesus as Lord, the Holy Spirit as real, and the Word of God as inerrant and all things are working with God in control.

All things are happening due to man and woman’s ignorance, arrogance, pride thinking themselves gods in this revival of sorcery, paganism and all things unholy in the name of the New Age Movement, which evil uses even children to lure many away from the truth in these last of the last days.

Love the animals. Love all life God has created. With purpose. But let us never place any life above that which can determine right from wrong, good from evil, righteousness and the ways of God and the Scriptures, of redemption and salvation, of repentance of sins from the ways of this world and self-fulfillment, seeking pleasures and its own way.

God takes care of this world. Sadly many people abuse and destroy many animals and life. It is an abomination. It is also an abomination and grievous sin to worship anything in creation above the Creator. To place any life above that which God has instructed us is more important. The soul and eternal life or death of a man, a woman, a young person.

I believe there will be animals and such an abundance of life in the new earth, the new heavens, and in the eternity in heaven to come. Jesus returns on a horse. The lion will one day lie down with the lamb.

God provides and takes care.

Let us praise Him worship Him, revere and honor Him and His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.

Let us be good stewards. A light unto the world.

Worshipping nothing but God our Father, and Jesus — Creators of all that is known and is. Creators of all life.

May we all come to greater spiritual wisdom and knowledge and grow closer to the Lord each day.

And, if able? Take care of all in creation made by God and Jesus in the immediate world around you. God made all these things for our pleasure. To reveal Himself to us. Let us not become confused or of the world.

 

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Monday, January 27th, 2020

 

Cruelty to Animals Gets More Media Coverage than Beheaded Christians

 

 

  • The Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria described the area as “killing fields”, like the ones the Khmer Rouge created in Cambodia to exterminate the population.
  • “We are Aramaic people and we don’t have this right to have anyone protect us? Look upon us as frogs, we’ll accept that — just protect us so we can stay in our land”. — Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, home to many of the Christians who fled jihadis, National Catholic Register, April 7, 2017.
  • In an era of round-the-clock information… the abominations suffered by Christians have been left without images, while the brutality against the Chinese pig was streamed all over. Christians are an endangered species; pigs are not.
  • One of the last Nigerian Christians was executed by an Islamic State child soldier. Slaughterhouses’ workers go on trial in France for abuses to animals. But the same France has already repatriated more than 250 ISIS fighters, the same people who turn Iraqi churches into slaughterhouses.
“The world prefers to worry about pandas rather than about us, threatened with extinction in the land where we were born”, said Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf (pictured), the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul as well as a refugee in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, home to many of the Christians who fled jihadis. (Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images)

First there was the beheading of 11 Nigerian Christians during the recent Christmas celebration. The next day, a Catholic woman, Martha Bulus, was beheaded in the Nigerian state of Borno with her bridesmaids, five days before the wedding. Then there was a raid on the village of Gora-Gan in the Nigerian state of Kaduna, where terrorists shot anyone they met in the square where the evangelical community had gathered, killing two young Christian women. There was also a Christian student killed by Islamic extremists who recorded his execution. Then pastor Lawan Andimi, a local leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria, was beheaded.

“Every day”, says Father Joseph Bature Fidelis, of the Diocese of Maiduguri, “Our brothers and sisters are slaughtered in the streets. Please help us not be silent in the face of this immense extermination that is taking place in silence”.

The Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria described the area as “killing fields”, like the ones the Khmer Rouge created in Cambodia to exterminate the population. Most of the 4,300 Christians killed for their faith during the last year came from Nigeria. Nina Shea, an expert in Religious Freedom, recently wrote:

“An ongoing Islamic extremist project to exterminate Christians in sub-Saharan Africa is even more brutal and more consequential for the Church than it is in the Middle East, the place where Christians suffered ISIS ‘genocide’, as the U.S. government officially designated.”

Unfortunately, the murder of these Christians during the last month has been largely ignored by the Western media. “A slow-motion war is under way in Africa’s most populous country. It’s a massacre of Christians, massive in scale and horrific in brutality and the world has hardly noticed”, wrote the French philosopher, Bernard Henri Lévy.

While Christians were murdered in Nigeria, the global media ran a story of a pig being tied up and shoved off a bungee tower at a new theme park in China. The story went viral on BBC, The Independent, The New York Times, Sky News, Deutsche Welle and many other mainstream media outlets. The Chinese pig got more media coverage than any of these murdered Christians in Nigeria. You often have to search for these martyrs on local African sites. “Pig Bungee Jumping Stunt In China Prompts Global Outcry”, wrote the Huffington Post. Where has been the global outcry for the serial butchering of Christians just because they are Christians?

The killing of a gorilla in a Cincinnati zoo, committed to save a child’s life, triggered more emotion and media coverage than the beheading of 21 Christians on a beach in Libya while they invoked the name of Jesus in Arabic and whispered prayers. ABC, CBS and NBC devoted six times more coverage to the death of one gorilla than they did on the mass execution of Christians.

“The world prefers to worry about pandas rather than about us, threatened with extinction in the land where we were born”, said Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul as well as a refugee in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, home to many of the Christians who fled jihadis. When the Archbishop said that four years ago, it looked as if it were just provocation to shock Western public opinion. But Archbishop Sharaf was right.

The French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf also noted “threats to pandas cause more emotion” than threats to Christians. Archbishop Sharaf gave another example:

“In Australia they take care of frogs. One of our Syriac citizens, who’s a builder, bought land, took money from a bank and wanted to build houses and sell them. Then when he wanted to get a certificate to build, in the middle of the land, he came across a hole with eight frogs in it. The government of Sydney told him: ‘You can’t build on this land’. He said: ‘But I’ve taken money from the bank and I must get to work’ and they pushed him to build in another place, making him pay $1.4 million to build a different place for these eight frogs. And yet we are the last people who speak Jesus’ language. We are Aramaic people and we don’t have this right to have anyone protect us? Look upon us as frogs, we’ll accept that — just protect us so we can stay in our land”.

In an era of round-the-clock information on our mobile phones, computers, televisions and social media, the abominations suffered by Christians have been left without images, while the brutality against the Chinese pig was streamed all over. Christians are an endangered species; pigs are not. “The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has several categories to define the danger of extinction that various species face today”, according to Benedict Kiely, the founder of Nasarean.org, which helps the Christians of the Middle East.

“Using a percentage of population decline, the categories range from ‘vulnerable species’ (a 30-50 per cent decline), to ‘critically endangered’ (80-90 per cent) and finally to extinction. The Christian population of Iraq has shrunk by 83 per cent, putting it in the category of ‘critically endangered'”.

If you search for a cover dedicated to this extinction you have to go on the confessional media, such as the British weekly Catholic Herald, which just noted “The end of Iraqi Christianity?” Or the French Catholic media, La Croix, telling the story of Syrian Christians:

“Before the start of the civil war in 2012, 20,000 Assyrians populated the banks of the Khabur, a river that crosses northeastern Syria and flows into the Euphrates. The occupation of part of the region by Isis in 2015 forced the majority into exile. The Khabur is today a dead valley”.

One of the last Nigerian Christians was executed by an Islamic State child soldier. Slaughterhouses’ workers go on trial in France for abuses to animals. But the same France has already repatriated more than 250 ISIS fighters, the same people who turn Iraqi churches into slaughterhouses.

Western media stirred global indignation about Russia’s laws against “homosexual propaganda” prior to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But the same Western media never protested the Islamist regimes that punish people with the death for converting to Christianity or countries where Christians are threatened with death if they do not convert to Islam.

Mauro Armanino, a priest of the Society for African Missions in Niger, who describes a situation of open genocide, writes:

“The repeated threats to the Christian communities in the border area with Burkina Faso have achieved the aim they set: to decapitate the communities and then fall prey to the fear of professing faith in Sunday prayers in the chapels….On Tuesday, January 14, in a village not far from Bomoanga, which, for over a year, has helplessly witnessed the kidnapping of Father Pierluigi Maccalli, a group of criminals who went to settle the scores with the chief nurse who works in a dispensary in the area, took the nephew from his home and was beheaded. In Bomoanga people no longer go to church on Sunday”.

These persecuted Christians feel more and more alone in a world that sees them as intruders. They are as if suspended in a limbo, between an amnesic and weak West and a rising radical Islam. There seems to be no way to push the Western world to become aware of this tragedy that no one talks about and which could have fatal consequences for the future of our civilization.

“Out of fatigue or shame, or both, we close our eyes”, writes Franz-Olivier Giesbert.

“Does the life of Christians from East, Africa or Asia count for a negligible amount? This is a question that we have the right to ask when we see the place that our dear media give to the killings and discrimination that Catholics and Protestants are subjected to on the planet: nothing or almost nothing, with a few happy exceptions. It is our hypocrisy that feeds the clash of civilizations”.

So, shall we now return to our hypocritical indignation about the cruelty inflicted on Chinese pigs?

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

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