It has come to my attention that the actions of many individuals and organizations in our world today are totally opposite to their philosophical worldviews. For instance, it escapes reason why an ardent evolutionist would be concerned at all with the threatened extinction of a particular species. After all, if humans and animals are merely the outcome of evolutionary processes, there is no basis for our concern for other species. If, in the history of the world, survival of the fittest reigns, then a concerted attempt to protect an endangered species flies in the face of the Law of the Survival of the Fittest. Attempted manipulation of the natural order is uncalled for. On the basis of evolution, there is no reason to be concerned about the threatened demise of any species.
The same can be said for the organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), one of whose founders said regarding humans “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” If, as she says, humans are just another mammal, there is no basis for us to have any more ethical concerns for other animals than they do for us. After all, in the eyes of PETA, being mere animals, our attitude towards them should be no different than that of the lion in his concern for the wellbeing of an ill wildebeest that he has cornered. Life is nothing more than kill or be killed, eat or be eaten. Yet they condemn others for how they treat animals.
Since people holding these views still have concerns for the safety and well being of members of the animal kingdom, there must be something beyond evolution in our makeup. We did not just happen by chance. The fact that we humans have moral and ethical concerns shows our distinctiveness from the rest of the animal kingdom. Having been created by a moral and ethical God, he has imbued us with a moral nature. This nature instills in our heart a concern for others, including animals.
Unfortunately, being fallen humans, we find ourselves at times demonstrating as much hypocrisy as do the ardent evolutionists and members of PETA. We don’t live up to the standards and values of the positions we hold. We claim to be children of God, yet don’t live out our lives as he expects his children to live. We claim that we are all created in the image of God, yet often treat others as if they aren’t. We can find ourselves lying and cheating if it is to our own advantage, irregardless of their effect upon others. A recent news article suggested that waiters and waitresses most dread the Sunday afternoon churchgoing crowd due to the unchristian attitudes they display.
Hypocrisy is never attractive. It questions our truthfulness regarding the values we proclaim to hold and discredits our integrity. It destroys our relationships with others. It destroys our credibility and our witness, with the result that everything we say and do is discounted and our motives questioned. It puts us in the position of being untrustworthy.
How we treat and act toward others should be a mirror image of our attitude towards God. He calls us to know and love him. Our love towards God should impact our love of neighbor as the summary of the Ten Commandments suggests. We are to love both God and neighbor. It is worth asking ourselves once in awhile: “Is the love I show God the same as the love I show my neighbor?” Hopefully the answer is “Yes”!