God's Creatures Ministry
In the beginning, God gave us 'dominion over' the animals before sin
entered the world. The correct translation is 'to be good stewards of',
however it has been twisted to mean that animals are for us to do as we
wish with them. God is the center of the universe, not man or woman, and
we are to actually be God's creatures' servants.
Although greed and avarice are not popular subjects for sermons in a
consumer culture, when that greed becomes the impetus for the slaughter
of millions of animals it represents a serious, moral evil. The
willingness to have animals killed because people lust after the
covering given to them [animals] by God, should be challenged by every
religious leader. But it is not. Rev. J. R. Hyland, THE IMMORALITY OF
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states "Animals are God's
creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere
existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them
kindness." 2416. Surely animals belong to God which is stated in the
Bible many times and 'The Lord is good to all and compassionate to every
creature' Psalm 145:9. However, animals are waiting for us to set them
free. In Romans 8:19-22 Paul says that 'all of creation is groaning in
labor pains waiting for the revelation of the children of God - hoping
to be set free from slavery to corruption'. Caring Christians work
towards educating and encouraging others to fulfill this mission. In the
meantime, we still see full length fur coats and fur trim in our
churches and many compassionate Christians are disheartened to see it.
I've learned from a leader in the fur industry who happens to be
Catholic that they are doing us a service to keep us warm. It is obvious
that the message of compassion is not getting out. To further understand
the immorality of buying fur products, Hyland continues:
Yet when it comes to trying to understand why some teenagers refuse to accept the family religion, both parents and Pastors ignore any suggestion that this refusal may arise from an unspoken judgment on the part of the young person: a judgment of the immorality of those who easily accept any cruelty that has not been defined as such by their church. Church members would rather believe that the rejection of religion can be traced to a teenage rebellion against restrictive rules and regulations, than consider that there are adolescents, as well as adults, who reject a religion because its followers do not maintain a high enough standard of morality.....
The contempt for God's creation that is manifested in the Christian support of recreational killing is further revealed in the wearing of furs. At a time when synthetic materials are easily available and are more durable and warmer than animal skins, there is no excuse to slaughter animals for their fur. And in these circumstances, it becomes obvious that people are willing to have animals trapped, clubbed to death, or raised as commodities, simply to satisfy their vanity and their greed.
They sit in churches, wearing the evidence of their covetousness and their theft, and no minister or priest challenges this sin of the affluent.
Although the clergy have no direct control over the actions of their congregants, they do have some control over church policy. Drinking and smoking are outlawed within the sanctuaries of churches and there is no reason why the wearing of fur cannot also be forbidden. There is certainly a precedent. Although ministers usually do not speak out against hunting, neither do they allow the trophies of recreational killing to be hung in their churches. The heads of deer and other slain creatures are not allowed to adorn the sanctuary walls. Neither should the fur of dead animals adorn the bodies of worshippers.
Instead of treating immorality as if it were primarily a sexual transgression, church leaders need to exercise the kind of leadership that goes beyond such circumscribed definitions....
In our own time, many who profess to be followers of Christ would be
incensed if their Pastors told them that worshipping God, clothed in the
bodies of His dead creatures, was sinful. Immoral. Church leaders will
preach against sexual sins even if this brings a negative reaction from
the congregation; they hope that such preaching will keep their
listeners from the spiritual and physical dangers of promiscuity.
Unless these ministers of the Gospel look beyond the narrow circle of traditionally defined sinfulness, they will be like the religious leaders of whom Jesus warned. He said that although these men refused to see the truth themselves, they insisted on trying to lead others in the paths of righteousness and this could only lead to disaster. [The Pharisees] are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch." (Matt 15:14)
Animals belong to God according to Scripture and we are to "Let
everything that has breath praise the Lord."
The new DVD "Christian Concern For All God's Creatures" addresses trapping - and the banning of wearing fur in Churches. It can be viewed online by visiting www.Godscreaturesministry.org . "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." Matt 5:7
"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." Hebrews 4:13
Jan Fredericks, L.P.C., M.A.
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God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals. Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God' (Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see Isaiah 11:5-9).
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