Daily Archives: June 1, 2016

Throw the First Stone

This past weekend we have all heard the story of a 3 year old boy falling into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati  Zoo. The zoo staff have been criticized, but there has been national outrage against the parent of the 3 year old.

Sheila Hurt, person who initiated a petition to encourage an investigation of the child’s home environment, believes that this incident was due to the parent’s negligence.

In an interview this morning with MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, Ms. Hurt says that she has two boys in their twenties and as a parent she has never taken her eyes off them. Really? Tamron Hall says that although she is not a parent, that Ms. Hurt must be the most exceptional parent in the world because most parents admit that all it takes is a second.

Throw the first stone you who are without sin is what Jesus told those accusing a woman caught in adultery, then Jesus stooped and began writing on the ground and all the accusers left. John 8:7

Now while we don’t know what Jesus wrote, I wonder  what would happen if  Jesus could stoop and write on the ground the sins of Ms. Hurt and all the petition signers. None of us are perfect parents. Yet these people are Angry because the gorilla was killed to save a child. What would Jesus write?

I do wish that this situation hadn’t happened, but it did. Being at the zoo gives visitors opportunity to see animals of the wild up close and personal; however, it is the zoo’s responsibility to ensure the protection of its visitors. The first priority should always be to save the life of a human being over the life of an animal, and the Cincinnati Zoo staff admiringly did just that.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:27-28

I too am a parent, and view children as a gift from the Lord, yet I failed on more than one occasion as a parent. Matt Walsh, a blogger at The Blaze, puts it this way: “any parent knows that kids can create enormous, life-endangering trouble for themselves in the blink of an eye.”

He also says that “We are living in the days of neo-paganism, where legions of depraved souls seem only capable of mustering compassion for wild beasts. As for human beings, they feel only contempt and indifference.” This is so very sad, yet so very true.

May God help us all.