Consider the ant

The quote in my previous post was a positive one about the need to care for nature. Here’s a silly quote from a well-meaning environmentalist perspective:

The life of an ant and that of my child should be granted equal consideration.
— Michael W. Fox, Vice President, Humane Society of the United States

No, an ant is an ant, and a human is a human. There has to be a difference in value. If not, the ant is not lifted up to a high place; instead, the value of the human is lowered to that of the ant.

It is not that ants have no value, or that they shouldn’t be treated as an important part of the creation. It is not that humans are not part of the ecosystem as well. The difference is that humans are created in the image of God. We share creatureliness with the ants, and are therefore not divine. But we share things with God as well; things the ant doesn’t have, such as personality and the ability to relate to our Creator. When we lose sight of this we are well on the path to unspeakable barbarism.

Thanks to The Evangelical Ecologist.

Grace and Peace

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