Jacob Bembry – Columnist
I’m not a prize pig or a prize bull. There are not too many people who are but God doesn’t give us those designations as humans do with livestock.
When you think about it, unless it’s a thoroughbred horse or a workhorse (and a few other things), most livestock are worth more dead than alive. That statement may make the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) angry, but I grew up in a rural agriculture community and still live in one. People here know that livestock keeps us fed. Ranchers spend money to fatten up the calves so we can have steak and hamburgers. Hog farmers fatten up their pigs so that the pigs can be food later on.
As I said before, humans are not livestock. Though sometimes it’s hard to believe, a human life is worth more than an animal’s life, even those of dogs and cats. Believe me, I have had pets that I dearly loved before.
The laws that we follow prove the fact that humans have more worth than animals. If you kill a human, the punishment will (or should) be greater than if you run over a squirrel or a dog.
God gave man rule over the animals. He provided them for our food and, yes, for some to become domesticated and become our pets. We don’t slaughter humans and sell them off by the pound like we do cattle and pigs. The worth of humans is determined by how we live our lives, how we serve Christ and how we serve others. Let’s all increase our value.