Don't Be Cruel

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 12

Gold Nugget
Verse 10: “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

Commentary
It seems as if today’s devotion is veering from its usual focus, but in reality this scripture was not just thrown in the bible by the Humane Society. The behavior of a person is a symptom of an inner issue from his character. Today’s “gold nugget” says, “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” Recently I was having some discussion with some family members about veal. For those of you that may not be aware, veal is, by definition, is the meat of young calves. It is served in most restaurants and is known as tender and tasty. I have eaten it on several occasions. Depending on the farm and state in which it was “raised”, the calf may have never moved more than 1 foot in any direction in its entire life. Often raised in crates, these calves are put through horrible conditions. After discussing this recently, I determined that I wouldn’t eat veal anymore. Although there are some free roaming calves that are used for veal, the practice of raising claves in crates is still legal in most states. I’m not a vegetarian (as I am from Texas and don’t believe I am permitted to be), but this scripture reminds me that cruelty is an inner condition that can be exercised on either man or beast. I used to think that it was not a big issue to God and that He was only concerned about the state of mankind. I still don’t think that He is all that concerned about the animals so much as He is concerned about our behavior and how it reflects our inner condition. I’m not an animal rights activist. I believe they do have the right to be eaten, worked and used as company. God created them for us and not us for them. Many “animal rights activist” are more concerned with the lives of animals and yet support abortion and would perform or have one without any regard for the life within. This is more disgusting and intolerable than any form of cruelty I can imagine. The objective of today’s devotion is to demonstrate the need for us to be generous, tender and sensitive people. This is the character that Jesus demonstrated and is expecting from us.

Prayer
Lord, help us to demonstrate tender and mercy in how we treat each other and even possibly some of your lesser creation – animals. Cruelty is not a character trait that we want anyone to consider normal or acceptable for a Christian. Amen

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