Careless hunting practices and the destruction of natural habitats have wiped some of God’s creatures off the face of the earth. A “Save the Whales” bumper sticker put it in grim perspective, “Extinction is forever.”
That’s a sobering thought – one that has caused people around the world to mobilize and do all they can to save the whales. If we were to kill them off, they would never exist again. For anyone interested in animals, that’s a grave prospect.
There’s a certain irony to this understandable concern for animals. While we spend millions of dollars and hours of time to ensure their continued existence, we often fail to do anything about the eternal destiny of people. Yet for those who reject Jesus, there is a future that is worse than extinction – “everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46) in “everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (v. 41).
It is sad that some animals like the passenger pigeon and the Labrador duck have become extinct. But how much more we should be concerned for people! They have a choice – to live with God in eternal joy or to suffer with the devil in the lake of fire. In our concern for God’s creatures, let’s not forget the human ones, the ones for whom Christ died. – J. David Branon
Where shall we spend eternity?
We may not trifle – no!
Our choice will fix our destiny
Of happiness or woe! – Stevenson
The sinner has only two options: to be pardoned or punished.
- June 4, 1990, Our Daily Bread