Dear Gorilla Lover,
I have no doubt that the past few days have been traumatic for you. Your world has been torn in two with seemingly no reconciliation in sight. Your beloved Harambe has been brutally executed before your own eyes. I know that your love for the western lowland gorillas has been a cause for which you have championed for decades. All the while, spending every resource at your disposal. I also realize that you have put away a considerable amount of money to the relief and to the revitalization of many other endangered species.
I know, of course, that none of this is true. You, until quite recently, had no idea that western lowland gorillas were a species much less endangered. The truth is that you, like many others I might add, have swallowed the pill, that the liberal and mainstream media has manufactured for you, whole. How does it taste? Salty or sweet? Like a sugar pill that doctors give hypochondriacs that never can quite grasp the reality that they are not really sick and that it is all in their minds. Or is it more like the bug zapper in the backyard in summer? Are you drawn to the alluring glow of nonsense that the media spews to the point that you fly in headfirst without detecting the dangerous doctrine that will eventually kill your very soul? “They are just reporting news!” you may retort, but I tell you they are supplying you with an anthropology. You have accepted their anthropology without hesitation and their anthropology is this: Humans have no more value than any other animals.
Here is where you and I part ways, G. L., because as a Christian I cannot tolerate the current outrage that a gorilla was killed in order to protect a child. As humans, we have been created in the image of God, as the bible says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:27). This means we have an inherent dignity that is ours alone and we do not share it with any other creature. We image our creator by having minds, wills, emotions, being creative, being righteous, just, merciful, and having dominion over the creation. Yet, it is correct to say that we should care for creation and all that is in it and that our “dominion” is a stewarded dominion as servants. We should care for the animals that the LORD has created, but they are not to be worshipped or idolized as something greater than what they are.
I know this is not what you are used to hearing, G. L., but I think it is necessary. You have been raised in a world that tells you that you are a product of chaos, chance and time and everything around you is the same. It is easy to be confused in such a climate of utter disillusion, but have no fear I will tell you the truth. “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth”(Gen. 1:1), but sin entered the world and we have all have been affected by sin. We don’t see the world aright until God changes our hearts and He does that when we come to understand that our sin is against Him and Him alone. God did not leave us without a way to repent and turn to Him, though. “God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). I would encourage you to grab a bible and turn to the book of John and read more about this “son of God”. It is in trusting in Him that we can truly understand this world and our place in it. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7).
Yours in Christ,
A Reformed Christian