December 1, 2020

Euthanasia: Are Cows More Important Than People?

Once a year, during the Christmas holidays, a local dairy farm hosts an open house and hundreds of people come by to watch the cows get milked and learn how they’re raised while enjoying hot chocolate served with real whipped cream. The tours run constantly throughout the afternoon and are guided by other local dairy farmers.

One lady in our group asked our guide what happens to the cows when they’re finished producing milk.

The farmer explained that these particular dairy cows get turned into lean ground beef.

The woman was noticeably upset. “So, once they’re past their prime, you just get rid of them? It doesn’t seem fair to kill a cow just because it’s not able to produce milk like it once did. What kind of thanks is that?”

The farmer explained that it’s simply unsustainable to keep feeding an 800 lb. animal. It’s not an efficient use of space, food, or resources. Everyone benefits when a cow that once produced milk can produce meat.

To someone who is not familiar with God’s plan for Creation or the mandate He gave Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth,” (Genesis 1:28) the farmer’s explanation sounds like animal cruelty at best.

Yet, many of the same people who plead for animal rights and exalt the beasts of the field over eternal souls and the crown of God’s creation, find nothing wrong with killing men, women – even children – who are “past their prime,” and “no longer able to contribute to society anymore.”

Of course, they don’t call it “killing,” “murder,” “manslaughter” or even “suicide.” They would have us believe that euthanasia is merciful. It’s “dying with dignity.” How can doctor-assisted dying be wrong if it ends a person’s suffering?

We live in a world that tells us it’s inhumane to kill a cow that’s no longer producing milk, but perfectly humane to kill a human that’s no longer producing in society.

The result of a nation that has exchanged the truth of God for a lie, is the worshiping of creatures rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:25)

Government schools have been indoctrinating children with evolutionary teaching and moral relativism for years. Is it any wonder that the absence of an Absolute Standard, a Moral Compass – God’s Holy, Inspired, Unchanging Word – has brought us to this point?

Rescue your children from the lies about their origins and purpose that they’re legally being fed in the name of education, and let them be taught according to God’s Word, “according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:3-5)

A Christian worldview is fundamentally important to the survival of a nation; it’s never too early to set your children on a foundation of Truth.

Book Recommendations:

We’re reading through What Does The Bible Say About That? by Kevin Swanson with our oldest, and heartily recommend it to any parent who desires to teach their children about the supremacy of God’s Word and it’s applicability to all of life. (Recommended for age 8+)

Big Truths for Little Kids by Susan Hunt is another favorite in our house! This book teaches young children the basic truths of the Christian faith in story form, with brother and sister, Cassie and Caleb. We’ve read through it three times and often asked to read it again! (Recommended for age 4 +)

Jesus On Every Page by David Murray is an excellent book for parents and teenagers to study together; it even includes study questions to encourage lively discussion! An important part of the Christian worldview is understanding the relevance of the Old Testament. Too often, the first book of the Bible is discredited as little more than good stories with a hero and an important life lesson. It’s much more than that; the Old Testament is full of Jesus, and this book explains why. We’re currently studying this book with a few young couples in our church. (Recommended for age 16+)

This should go without saying, but you can’t give your children a biblical worldview if you’re not reading The Bible. It’s so tempting to read all the other great books and commentaries in lieu of actually spending time in The Word, but if we want to know God, know ourselves, understand His plan for our lives, find truth, peace, and direction, overcome sin and temptation, defend against the attacks of the enemy, and grow in our relationship with God, we must savor His revelation to us. (Recommended for everyone!)

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