Daily Devotional for Thursday July 30, 2015
The Outrage of the Killing of Cecil the Lion
(Genesis 2:7, Job 31:15, Psalm 22:9,10, Isaiah 44:2)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I ask you today to open my heart and my Spirit to receive what you have for me today. Let me hear Your voice clearly and obediently follow You. Use me oh Lord, for your glory and to advance Your Kingdom! In the name of Jesus...AMEN!!!
The outrage of the killing of Cecil the lion! A Minnesota dentist went to Zimbabwe to hunt lions and ended up killing an iconic 13-year old lion in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park named Cecil. Local officials said the hunter paid park rangers to lure Cecil out of park and into the wild where he killed the animal. The illegal killing of this prized lion has caused outrage around the world and has been the number one story in the US media.
As sad and tragic as this story is, it is appalling that the killing of one lion in Africa has caused more outrage and public condemnation than the revelation of Planned Parenthood's side business of selling organs and tissues from the babies they slaughter each day! The same media that has found out every detail about the life of this Minnesota dentist in mere hours, is the same media that won't even cover the story of Planned Parenthood's barbarism other than to defend it!
In December of 2007, former Atlanta Falcon QB and NFL superstar Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in Federal Prison for dog fighting. While he broke the law and is being held accountable for his actions, I couldn't help but to think of the many abortion doctors in this nation who go to work every day, slaughter innocent babies, and go home at night to their families without ever being held accountable for their actions. Today's Devotional is a sobering look at where we are as a nation and a people.
In the United States, the life of a lion or dog is worth more than the life of a human being! Back in 2007, the nation was riveted and closely followed the story of NFL superstar quarterback Michael Vick. It came to light that Vick financed and was an active participant in running a dog fighting enterprise. Fighting dogs is illegal in all 50 states. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of dollars were illegally gambled on these dog fights, and what has enraged most people, was the inhumane treatment of these animals including killing them in numerous brutal ways. Vick has not only been linked to financing this dog fighting operation, but gambling on the fights and personally killing several of the dogs who didn't perform well.
In the United States in the year 2015, it is illegal to kill a dog but legal to kill a baby! Let me say that one more time since I want this FACT to really sink in. In the United States in the year 2015, it is illegal to kill a dog, but legal to kill a baby! WOW! Does that put the whole Cecil story and what happened to Michael Vick in a different light and show just how spiritually bankrupt we are as a nation? Want more? Michael Vick went to prison for 23 months for killing dogs, yet every single day all over this nation, "doctors" are slaughtering 4,000 babies and going home to their families at the end of the day.
Michael Vick went to Federal prison for killing dogs, but the "doctors" who are paid very well to kill over 4,000 babies EVERY SINGLE DAY in this nation are free!!!
Another aspect of the Vick case that I watched closely as I have the story of Cecil the lion, is the across-the-board outrage by people regarding what happened to these animals. You will be hard pressed to find anyone who even tries to support, let alone, condone what that dentist or Michael Vick did. As it is today, it was virtually universal condemnation for what Vick did to those dogs. What baffles me is where is that same universal condemnation over the fact we kill 4,000 babies in this nation every day? How can the masses get so riled up over the inhumane treatment and killing of a handful of dogs or a lion in Africa, yet sit back in silence as every 24 hours another 4,000 babies are slaughtered?
Here is an interesting side note that can't go unnoticed. PETA, the ultra liberal People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was front and center in calling for Vick's hide and exploited the Vick story to raise millions of dollars for their cause. The hypocrisy is that the vast percentage of people who follow and support PETA also support a woman's right to kill her baby. So you have this animal rights advocacy group who takes every opportunity to bully and intimidate people who have anything to do with animals, all the way from how cows and chickens are slaughtered to the way animals are killed by fast food restaurants to the killing of animals to make fur coats, leading the charge against Vick for fighting and killing dogs, yet most people in this same group supports the killing of babies!
The real story of the sad and sickening Michael Vick dog fighting/killing tragedy and the killing of Cecil the lion is that in this nation we clearly put more value on the life of an animal than we do a human. It is clear that the life of a lion or dog is more important to society than the life of a baby. This is the only conclusion you can draw since it is illegal in all 50 states to kill dogs but not babies. Someone like Vick who was found guilty of killing dogs went to prison while the "doctors" who kill babies live in freedom. Society has determined that the life of a dog, or as today's news shows us a lion, is more important than the life of a baby!!!
This is so critical since now it is easy to understand why we are in the spiritual abyss we find ourselves in. The Absolute Truth of the Bible has been replaced by "every man doing what is right in their own eyes." You see, it is no longer God our Creator who determines Truth, each person is deciding that for themselves. That is why people now accept homosexual relationships that God clearly calls a sin, redefining what God said marriage and the family were to be, all of the false gods of the world, and every other form of rebellion to God and His Word that you can name. When men determine what truth is, that is how you end up with the mass outraged over the death of a lion or a few dogs, yet no response at all to the daily slaughter of 4,000 babies!
I love you and care about you so much. In 16 years, all of the warnings I have been sharing with you are coming to pass. I remember getting emails telling me I was paranoid, the things I shared would never happen, yet here we are in July 2015 and this nation is in spiritual freefall. I see a very small window that could allow us to reclaim this great nation for Christ, but with each passing day that window gets smaller.
The nation has turned to the false gods of the world, the man-made idols, and has chosen to live in complete rebellion to God and the Truth of His Word. Most of Christendom has retreated behind the four walls of the church into the "Christian trough" where they have virtually no impact on the world at large. We have relegated ourselves to what amounts to a modern day leper colony. Christians have become the 21st century lepers. We are treated like outcasts. Despite having the power of Almighty God, we have chosen to hide in our Christian subculture while the world we live in is sinning its way into obliteration with souls dying and going to hell on conveyor belts!
Nothing more exemplifies this than the story of Cecil the lion being killed or the Vick case years ago. Let me clearly state that I believe those who treat animals in an inhumane way should be punished. I never personally understood people "hunting" animals for sport. Dog fighting is a barbaric sport that should be against the law. Those who kill dogs for sport should be prosecuted. I don't feel sorry for Michael Vick at all and whatever he got what he deserved for his actions.
However, the point I want you to understand today is that as heinous and horrible as the killing of Cecil the lion or the actions of Vick were, the disconnect comes when heinous and horrible acts on a human being are not only legal, but supported by millions of people. Many of the same people who have gone ballistic about the killing of a lion or what Vick did to a few dogs, go equally ballistic if you talk about outlawing the killing of babies or defunding the largest baby-killing business in the world!!!
If you ever needed a reminder regarding the depth of spiritual decay in this country, the killing of Cecil the lion and the Michael Vick cases are that reminder. The reality is that in this country, the life of a lion or dog is more precious than the life of a baby!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,