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A Christian missiologist, Ed Stetzer, wrote this on Facebook last Wednesday, “In the last 5 days, 700 refugees drowned off Greece, 9000 babies were aborted in U.S., and 68 were shot in Chicago … and a gorilla dominated the news.”
Last Saturday, Cincinnati Zoo had to put down 17-year-old Harambe, one of their endangered gorillas, after it was deemed a life-threatening situation by the response team when a 3-year-old boy fell into its moat enclosure. The boy survived with minor injuries. The Internet has been abuzz this past week about this story with mixed reactions, many slamming the zoo for a bad decision to kill the beloved gorilla, and others blaming the boy’s parents for being negligent, petitioning for them to be held responsible for the gorilla’s death. Still others praised the zoo for saving the boy’s life.
This reminded me of a similar situation that happened in July last year when there was seemingly more public outrage over the alleged illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Africa by an American dentist, compared to the controversies surrounding Planned Parenthood videos released in the same week. Recent research suggests that people are twice as likely to give money to save a dog than help a dying child. One writer puts it this way, “sometimes it’s just easier to care dead animals than dead people.”
How would you react in such situations? Or perhaps you might have already liked, shared, or commented to such posts or articles on social media. Do we get caught up in the furore of the moment, or are we able to step back, reflect and respond in a God-pleasing manner? On one hand, it has to do with our priorities and perspectives; on another, our morals and values. Can we dare say that we have never suffered from moral blindness? The book of Judges ends with this statement, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (Jdg 21:25) Do we live our lives under the lordship of Christ, yielding our will and behaviours to God’s Word? What shapes our sense of morality, justice and values in the world that we live in today? “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.” (Prov 29:18) As we begin a new sermon series on “Sex, Morality and Marriage”, may God and His Word continue to be the anchor and guiding light in the darkness around us, and may we be godly ambassadors of the unchanging truth of the gospel to a blinded, depraved and dying world.