Are you ready for this? “Bacon May Disappear in California as Pig Rules Take Effect,” headline.
“Animal welfare organizations for years have been pushing for more humane treatment of farm animals but the California rules could be a rare case of consumers clearly paying a price for their beliefs,” per recent Yahoo news.
The state will in a few months enforce a law requiring “more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves”. It seems the entire poultry industry has already been compliant; but most hog raisers are not.
Sorry, pork might soon just be a figment of your foodie fantasies.
What?! No more lechon kawali, barbeque, chicharon? What about adobo and sinigang? I grieve.
On second thought, that may well spell our freedom from cholesterol. Well, not quite, if you fancy steak or bistek.
Being concerned with animal welfare makes sense. Well-cared-for animals means healthier menudo for you and me. Yet something is skewed. If politicians and activists disregard the most important of rights—the right of humans to exist—what right have they to champion animal or mushroom rights?
Let’s consider “right to life.” US abortion statistics: 63 million abortions from 1973 to 2017. (Guttmacher Institute’s data as reported by Christian Life Resources.) Interesting fact: California data have not been reported since 1998.
Call it right to choose. Yet, when has choice or convenience replaced a human being’s right to exist?
Most of these cases are unwanted pregnancies. “It’s my body so I can do with it as I please,” they reason out.
Really? To end a life because it is convenient? How about educating women to accept responsibility if in fact, their pregnancies are unplanned; and ensuring that their babies are loved and cared for anyway, either by them or by others?
Human babies don’t even come close to pigs or dogs! A baby in a woman’s womb is not just a bunch of tissues as some doctors claim. Unlike an animal, to which the pronoun “it” applies, a fetus is a “he” or a “she” once determined through ultrasound at approximately four months.
God, being infinite, already foreknew that unformed baby way ahead of his or her birthdate.
David (Psalm 139: 13,14b,15,16) said, “For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made… My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
The Lord told the prophet Jeremiah (1:5): “Before I formed you in the womb, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
God’s purpose makes everyone’s life worthwhile—worthwhile saving, keeping, preserving. As is—male or female.
Genesis 1:27—“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”
Baffling, isn’t it? While politicians and special interest groups rave about animal rights and other so-called rights, they won’t bat an eyelash about trashing human life or upholding the truth. Man is born male, woman female. Period. They even penalize those who refute their skewed narrative.
And these laws are messing with people’s lives. Just three examples: Parents prevented from meddling if their school-age children opt for sex change. Abortion extended to nearly full-term babies. Transgender males are now allowed in women’s sports.
Good thing some US states are fighting back. But isn’t it utter folly!? We’re being skewered by a godless ideology hiding behind the cloak of laws. So we better watch it or we’ll suffer the full brunt of ‘justice’, warn their proponents.
What happens when a country’s man-made laws take precedence over God-ordained laws, or its citizens idly or willingly go with this flow? Disaster, perhaps.
It’s simple: Unwise leadership yields bad laws. Israel, exhibit A. The nation suffered God’s wrath when evil leaders reigned, yet flourished under godly leadership and wise laws. Corrupt leadership is a malignant tumor that permeates the very core of our being—the family.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows,” Galatians 6:7.
PRAY, yes! But also DO, when it is within your power to do something about it. May the Lord relent and not judge us according to our folly.