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Oct 12 2009

The Worth of One of God’s Creatures

One of my little pets just had an injury that required expensive vet treatment.  The vet bill far exceeded the worth of the animal.  I say that the vet bill far exceeded the worth of the animal only in terms of the monetary value.  I could easily have spent much less replacing her with another of her kind.  Certainly I could learn to love a new creature of her kind and save a bunch of money in the process.  There are certain little critters that we can buy at the local pet for less than $50 but their care can far exceed the monetary worth we have placed on the animal.

Sadly, many people see their pets not necessarily as a sentient being that has a desire to live and has a need for companionship.  Many will get a pet and put them out in their back yard to live out their lives in loneliness.  Some will be put in a cage to also live out their lives in loneliness.  And some take very good care of their pets.  They are at the mercy of those that own them.

My little animal whose vet bill far exceeded her monetary worth has no concept of what value we place on her life.  She had an accident through no fault of her own.  In fact, it was my fault.  She required surgery and will need follow-up care.  Do we not owe a duty to these sentient beings to care for them if we force them to live a life that they were not designed to live and for our pleasure?  Should we end their lives because it would be easier to simply get another of their kind?  It would be easier than to have to pay this high vet bill and not bother with the long after care that she is going to require.

I saw this little animal have a will to live.  I watched her as she climbed around her cage in excitement when I went to pick her up at the vet’s.  When she was injured and we were on the way to the vet, I saw her place her trust in me.  She was not panicked, she was looking around, not fighting me, and allowing me to pet her.  She was calm.

  • Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Luke 12:6 (ESV)
  • He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. Psalm 147:9 (ESV)
  • Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food? Job 38:41 (ESV)

God cares for His creatures.  God gave us dominion over the animal kingdom.  With this dominion, we have a duty and a responsibility to these creatures.  They are not commodities or possessions like an inanimate object.  They are live creatures that have the capacity to feel pain, feel sadness or loneliness.  They have a will to live.

Life has become cheap.  We place a monetary value on a sentient creature.  Humanity destroys the creatures that we are entrusted with.  Humanity has legalized the slaughter unborn human children.  We have taken our animals destined for our food and force them to live lives that is unbearably cruel.  Animals destined for the slaughter house have no right to a life that is according to their kind.  We have taken that away.  Would it not be better to allow them to live a life according to their kind before doing what God allows us to do?  That is God’s command.  Even the birds of the air are afforded care by God.   God forbids cruelty.

  • “If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. Deuteronomy 22:6 (ESV)

God created a world full of life in the plants, animals, the sky, forests and in us.  It is us that is destroying that which He gave us and humanity is cruel in the way in which we treat that which we are entrusted with.

I cannot change the way of this world.  However, this one little creature that is in my care is not going to be let go because it is cheaper to get another one.  Her life is worth more than the vet bill.

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. Proverbs 12:10 (ESV)

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