This week, social media has been dominated by the witch-hunt of a ‘trophy’ hunter who brutally killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. We cannot begin to understand this industry and fathom why tourists can take such pleasure in the cruel and pointless slaughter of these precious animals.
However, as is often the case, we are astonished at the double standards displayed when stories like this hit the news. It is right that there should be outrage at ‘trophy hunting’ in general as many thousands of animals lose their lives to this abhorrent ‘sport’ each year. Despite this, we fail to see why this particular lion is more valuable than all the other creatures that never make the news headlines.
Worse still, how can the media and society at large fail to see the staggering hypocrisy in staying silent about abortion?! We live in a country that supports and finances the mutilation and murder of unborn babies inside the womb of its mother, yet there is universal condemnation when a lion in Zimbabwe is killed! Last year in England and Wales, 184,571 babies were murdered in our clinics and hospitals – where is the outrage over this slaughter? How can we be so blind to the obvious double standard here? How have we reached a point where we are so desensitized and accepting of the violent killing of unborn babies and yet so outraged over cruelty shown to the animal kingdom?
We are indeed living in very strange times and can only imagine that God will permit this hypocrisy for a very limited time in His grace and mercy – we are long overdue a time of judgment in the UK and our prayer is that if you are reading this, you ensure that you have a restored relationship with God through the Saviour Jesus Christ. The Lord will return at some point to put this world right and remove all sin and injustice – this is very bad news for anyone who has not committed their lives to Christ in repentance. What are you waiting for?!
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts 17:31)
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)