Cecil the Lion has become a household name, here in the United States. As a matter of fact, I don’t recall seeing this much outrage about the killing of an animal…since Michael Vick’s dog-fighting shenanigans. If you’ve been hiding in a cave recently, let me tell you about Cecil. He was a beautiful and regal lion who lived in a national park in Zimbabwe, until an American hunter named Walter Palmer went to the African nation and allegedly illegally killed the lion on July 1st.
My heart was saddened. I’ve always had a soft heart for animals, but to see this former “king of the jungle” lying lifeless next to a smiling hunter made me feel a deep sense of sadness. Apparently, many people have felt that way, as #CecilTheLion has trended on Twitter for days. Some have called for new regulations on hunting, and others have called for Walter Palmer to become lion food.
Even more so, I’ve been haunted for days over the lack of perspective that so many of us seem to have, as a nation. There has been FAR more collective outrage over the killing of Cecil the Lion then there has been over the Planned Parenthood fiasco…at least in the mainstream media. How sad that the media would talk more about Cecil the Lion than the killing and dismembering of babies (in the name of medical advancement for the living)!
Now some will say that people can be concerned about both issues. I agree, wholeheartedly! But…they aren’t the same. Life is all important, but humans are far more important than animals. Humans are the only part of creation that God said in Genesis were created “in the image of God.” My worldview demands that I value humans more than any other part of creation, because God does, too.
Some believe that all life is equal, and should be cared for in the same manner. If that is true, then are you also outraged by the fact that Planned Parenthood has killed nearly 7,000,000 babies since 1970? Are you troubled that 58,000,000 babies have been killed since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land in 1973?
If we’re being honest, most of us care more about Cecil the Lion, as evidenced by the blowing up of the interwebs by animal rights activists. But, you might say: abortion is legal, and hunting endangered animals is not. True, but is it moral to follow law based on an immoral decision? I would say not.
So what can we do about this? I would say that first, we need to find our “True North.” Our lives’ compasses need to be recalibrated, and quickly. If we don’t value the next generation more than any animal, then we are in deep trouble. We’re a nation with blood on our hands and ice in our veins and…consciences that are seared to what is right and good. May we seek God’s forgiveness for this human holocaust that we’ve put our approval upon.
Secondly, we need to encourage our faith communities to do more than pray and shout outside of abortion clinics. If I were a woman in crisis (or not in crisis) and was thinking about having an abortion, I’m pretty sure the way to my heart would not be through angry talking points. What if churches banded together with pregnancy resource centers, and funded the work that they do to put Planned Parenthood out of business? What if women felt true love from our churches and knew that they would be loved and supported throughout their pregnancies? I would say that many of them would not have abortions, and would find the love that God intended for them to experience.
Finally, I would encourage everyone who believes in the value of the unborn to speak up. Raise your voice on social media and in your conversations…in love. Push Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and vote them out if they don’t. Sometimes people become anesthetized to current events, and need a chance to process them with loved ones before they see the faultiness of their thinking.
In 2008, in my struggle to choose between Obama and McCain, I had a conversation with someone about the issue of abortion. I remember saying to my friend that while I believed abortion to be sad, that I leaned toward being pro-choice because I didn’t believe that “morality could be legislated.” I now believe very differently, thanks to The Center for Medical Progress’s work to expose the sickness of Planned Parenthood. Morality IS legislated. Our laws are all based on morality. It is only “goodness” that can’t be legislated.