Who Is More Worthy?
Karolin wrote us a letter about her ministry, which is usually centered on enlightening people about the plight of animals, but like so many people that we know in the animal rights movement, she has a soft heart that extends to the whole of God’s creation.
“I work here at the Hospital. My floor also contains the prison floor. Two days ago a prisoner got very good news. He got a new liver.
Some guards made some comments such as “what a waste of a good liver” (because he has committed a crime).
Later that day I had a conversation with a friend.
I told him the story and said “I think he deserves it just as much as anyone else does.”
Then my friend asked “why” and I answered “well, when a person commits murder on another person, it is called a crime, but when we murder an animal to eat, it is called normal. It is both murder though. Therefore we are no better than this prisoner. We are criminals too; it is just that the human law decides which crime is acceptable and which one is not. Therefore this prisoner deserves this liver the same as anyone else.
Then my friend said “or doesn’t he?”
Karolin looks at things exactly the way the Lord does. Note what we are told in Matthew 25:37-40.
37. “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink?
38. ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
39. ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40. “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
That prisoner and the animals are among “the least of these”, and deserve our help just as much as anyone else.
And consider something else. The prisoner was guilty of a crime, but the animals did nothing to deserve the horrible treatment they receive. Who do you think is more worthy? How do you think the Lord will deal with those who cause and contribute to so much suffering, and with those who created the twisted laws and regulations that allow it?
Where does each of us stand?
We should all be like Karolin.