In case you’ve been vacationing on Mars and haven’t heard, Cecil the beloved lion is dead, lured from a Zimbabwe game preserve and shot by an arrow from the bow of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer.
The Internet has exploded with outrage. Movie stars have voiced their condemnation. Protesters have gathered outside of Palmer’s office. And a representative from PETA has expressed the desire to see Palmer hanged.
According to the Huffington Post, one person blasted Palmer with, “Nothing in this world would give me greater pleasure than to see your head mounted on a wall, your carcass defiled, degraded and paraded as you did to Cecil and near countless other animals.”
Meanwhile, news of Planned Parenthood’s sale of unborn baby parts has been met with a yawn by the media world. One report claimed that news broadcasts devoted more time to Cecil’s death in one day than to the Planned Parenthood debacle over the span of two weeks.
Apparently, lion lives matter and human lives don’t.
As I gaze out over our cultural landscape, I see a train barreling full steam across the countryside. I call it the “Canaanite Express.”
In biblical times, the land “vomited out” the Canaanite peoples because they had defiled it with all sorts of immoral and wicked behavior (Leviticus 18:24-28). They were a culture characterized by sexual promiscuity, idol worship, and even child sacrifice.
In watching the repulsive Planned Parenthood videos, I can’t help but think that we are becoming the Canaanites of days gone by. Perhaps, even worse than the fact that these things are happening is the sad reality that we see little if anything wrong with them.
What was once the content of B-grade horror movies is now matter-of-fact reality.
We don’t need to argue about whether or not God will judge our culture. The Canaanite Express is driving itself into Hell.
It’s time for those with any measure of sensibility to disembark.
May God have mercy on us all!