A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 10:12
The word of God says that the righteous regard the lives of animals and that the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Why may I ask, is almost the exact opposite true? In our world turned upside down the wicked show far more concern for the welfare of animals and stewardship of creation than the people of God. In fact, some might say that in this area the “tender mercies of the saints are cruel”. American evangelical “churchianity” is in this area completely reactionary. They see misguided people who worship creation show concern for animals and react by doing the exact opposite, never taking scripture to heart and developing a doctrine of animal welfare that is truly Christian. We see the same thing happen in the area of economics all the time as well. This verse from Proverbs as well as verses dealing with gleaning and usury, contrasted with the actions of the church cause me to wonder what a twisted view of the bible unbelievers must have. If someone from another planet were to land on earth and study the actions of Christians and then write down what they thought their religion taught, I don’t think it would look much like the bible. It would look more like the Republican Party platform if they studied American Christians, and that’s not anything to be proud of. God grant the church true Reformation before it is too late.