In the town of Littleton Colorado, a colony of prairie dogs are going to be removed or euthanized for the expansion of a church. The colony of 30 prairie dogs is on a vacant lot on church property. The church is searching for a place to relocate them, but have found no takers at this time. Of course, protesters are picketing the church (Rock of the Southwest Church). The expansion is to be for a new youth center that serves the youth of the community. It appears the more things change the more they stay the same.
In the Bible, we see people were already worshiping creation instead of the creator (2 Kings 23:5). We are to be stewards of what God has given us. Unfortunately, many today have taken this to the point of idolatry. This is not just the typical tree-huggers, but Christians too. In Colorado they are more worried about a colony of prairie dogs, than the youth of the community. Has our country so devalued the value of humans, that animals and the earth are equally or more valuable? We have people who will sit in a tree for days or picket for prairie dogs in Colorado, who at the same time would support a woman’s right to choose to abort an unborn child.
Some Christian leaders have also become wrapped up in this. What starts out as good intentions, can quickly get off track if we are not careful. We can become so focused on an environmental or social gospel, that we forget the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is great if we can feed thousands of hungry kids. But if we feed them and never lead any to Christ, did we really gain anything in the end? We have given them a full stomach here, but let them slip into eternity in hell. It is great to be faithful in taking care of the planet. We should not support the abuse of animals or the environment. But if that is our main message, who are we serving and worshiping? We must remember where and on whom our focus belongs. We are called to do all these things, but we also must make sure everyone knows why we are doing it. It is not because it is the nice thing to do. It is because we are commanded by God to care for the poor and needy. It is because God tells us to be good stewards of the Earth. And in doing so, others can see the love of Christ in us. We must remember that even the best things that we do, if not done for the glory of Jesus, is nothing but filthy rags. Everything we do should be for His glory. Lets remember Jesus came to save sinners, not prairie dogs.