I have two dogs—a German Shepherd named Princess and a black lab named Shadow. My big dogs spend most of their time inside my house and sleep in the same bedroom I do. I personally abhor dog fighting. I think a person who intentionally harms dogs has serious issues; however, the uproar over Michael Vick and his alleged dog fighting demonstrates an important characteristic of our culture. We care more about animals than we do the unborn children of this world.
Nike suspended its contract with Vick and Reebok “took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.” Consider a few of these quotes about Michael Vick’s actions. Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, said, “From the moment you read that indictment, it turns your stomach. There’s obviously a great deal of interest in this. It struck very much an emotional chord. We hear our fans very clearly.” Arthur Blank, the Falcons owner said, “This sort of behavior is really horrific. This is not the player or the person that I knew the last six years.” PETA said, “Today, we sound a clarion call to all people: Stand up for what is right, and speak out against what is wrong. Dogfighting is unacceptable. Hurting animals for human pleasure or gain is despicable. Cruelty is just plain wrong.”
Speaking of “clarion calls” and “standing up for what is right” where are all these people when an innocent unborn child’s life is taken by abortion. While fighting two dogs where at least the animals have a chance at survival draws vast criticism, the killing of helpless babies giving them no chance of survival finds support. How can it be that our society roars over the horror of one and supports the other?
While the two certainly are not identical situations parallels do exist. A woman who kills an unborn child is said to have the right to choose. Society argues that her body is her property and no one can tell her what to do with her property. Michael Vick also has the right to choose. These dogs are his property as he is the owner. Can anyone tell him what to do with his property? Apparently so as our society screams, “NO!” Michael Vick you cannot harm dogs in this nature. They do not deserve this cruelty. Yet our society does not give a second look to an abortion clinic where thousands of undeserving, innocent lives cease to exist.
I propose that our society demonstrates inconsistency when uproar occurs over a professional athlete fighting dogs and the same society supports the killing of life by a woman. You tell me which is worse. If you still have doubts, take another look at the fetus grabbing the doctor’s hand (it’s a little graphic)…
I personally am glad that one unwanted pregnancy did not end in abortion. If it had, then I would not have the daughter I do today. The daughter that I pray with and put to bed every night. The daughter that brings a smile to my face each day and who loves swing and play in the sand. It breaks my heart to think of the couples struggling with infertility who would adopt unwanted children. It breaks my heart to think of all the lives snuffed out.
I would be remiss if I did not conclude by stating that the grace of God abounds. We all have sinned. Michael Vick has sinned just the same as any woman who has authorized an abortion on a child. Jesus Christ forgives the sins of all who repent and call upon His name. He will forgive Michael Vick if Vick repents, and He will forgive any woman or man who has made bad choices if he or she repents. Our God will even forgive our nation if we repent. Every American should be burdened and repent for the sins of our nation; a nation where dog fighting draws more attention than murdering the helpless. May God forgive us all.