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Weeping For Kittens

Our dog had just given birth to 7 puppies when we discovered our cat, London, was also pregnant. We meant to get her fixed but we thought, one litter, in the future. So now here we were. I was already fatigued from finding homes for puppies. Weeks went by and her stomach grew. Soon she had trouble leaping up to her bed on a shelf by the door. But finally the day arrived that kittens would come. I was not excited. Not like I would have been under better circumstances.

Thankfully I wasn’t caught off guard when she went into labor, I was there to intervene. Knowing the streets are no place for kittens and it would be hard to find good homes for them where there were so many other kittens waiting for homes already. I did the humane thing.

I took a sharp kitchen knife and slit the throat of the first. I wasn’t sure it was dead because it was still moving, so my slicing didn’t stop there. It was a calico like the mother. She was pretty, I’ll admit. I closed my eyes so I could continue to do what I knew I needed to. Next was a black one. It squealed when I grabbed it. Then two orange who were mostly silent.

Blood pooled in the hanging sack London had chosen to give birth in. Much more blood than the natural process of birth had caused. When I realized she had finished and there were no more balls of fur to be had. I scooped up the carcasses of the four I helped out of their predicament, I thought myself a hero as I tossed the bag holding their remains into the trash can.

Right away I felt relief having taken care of that problem, not only for our family, as kittens can be expensive and a burden to look after when we are all already busy, but also for London, she is a young cat and I want her to enjoy several years of freedom before that horrible stress of caring for kittens. I was so proud that I made the right choice. Though I assure you some members of the family sure put up a crying fuss.

The quote came to mind, singing my praises, “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of it’s infant members is to kill it”. (Margaret Sanger) What lengths I went to, to show mercy. Feeling upset at those who had opposed my solution in the first place and tried to make me feel bad for it. I made a poster wanting to share my working solution with others facing the same predicament. I wrote the quote above along with, “Our cat’s deserve better. Kill the kittens.”

Your Emotional Response

While reading the above fictitious story, what did you feel? Upset? Angry? Did you think of your favorite childhood cat, the joys of playing with a litter of lovable kittens, taking in a stray and feeling proud that you saved it from starvation? Did you perhaps look over at your cat friend and shiver at the thought of cutting his throat? If you aren’t a cat fan maybe replace the story with a dog and try to imagine your emotions toward the thought of puppies being mutilated and destroyed for convenience.

The point is many of us would weep. We would be upset with the one who’d dare call out, “Kill the kittens!” We would be upset with the irresponsible owner who didn’t have the cat spayed if they weren’t prepared to welcome it’s offspring. But why?

Well, because we value the lives of our animals. We value the life of our striped tabby cat and our fluffy poodle Max. We value Poochy the Pitbull and Silvia the Siamese.

The valuing of life, their lives, causes us to feel for their suffering or hate the injustice done to them. It causes us to stand for their cause, to take them off the streets, to feed them from our own pocketbooks.

Where a cat’s life is not valued they can be beaten and neglected. Have rocks thrown at them, bound up with cords or in sacks, and made to fear men. They walk around as a mass of bones barely alive, not even worthy of a scrap. Sometimes they are even eaten because the life of the consumer is given more value.

Values in the US

The United States is unlike many other countries in the sense that we place an extremely high value on pets’ lives and little value on human life.

It is right to care for animals, don’t get me wrong. The above story should cause you to pity the poor kittens and be ashamed of the one who’d dare murder them without reason. As a Christian, I cannot purposefully abuse or neglect a creature. We are to show kindness even to the beasts.

The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10

The problem with our culture is not that we value animals. The problem is not even that we become angry with animal abusers. The problem is we are so softened towards the killing of a creature that has neither an everlasting spirit or the breath of God in their lungs, but look away at the taking of human life. Or even look right at it and fool our hearts into acceptance. Greater still when we become an advocate of death.

The Story Of Our Baby

What if I had written the above story about a human baby. What if I told you it was myself and not my cat that was pregnant. That my husband and I had thought “one day but not right now” about kids. It was unexpected. We weren’t ready. We were struggling financially. We didn’t want the child to suffer or long to give it away but be unable to find a good home for it. So… he took me to an abortion clinic.

Our child was yanked from my body, fully formed, chopped up and bloodied. It had hands and feet and eyes and every organ I have. The medical cart in that surgery room and the doctor’s hands dripped with blood. I recovered slowly but my body was never the same. I left that center with the marks of the life I had consciously destroyed. Afterwards I boasted in my barbaric actions. My husband and I made signs, “We deserve better, kill the babies”. We shouted it out in the streets and declared it on the highways. Coercing other mothers to choose the same fate for their child.

Evaluating Your Response

What are you thinking now? Covering your ears perhaps because it’s too descriptive. Looking over your shoulder to see who might have caught a glimpse of this forbidden subject you are reading on. Thinking, “What will so and so think if they only knew I feel conviction when someone mentions killing babies.” Or rationalizing, “It’s your choice and it’s between you and your husband and God what you decide.”

Why is the killing of the kittens not excused by, “You are the owner, you decide?” Do you value my kitten’s life but not my child’s?

Why can you shout in the streets “save the cats” or “save the trees” but when someone asks, “You are pro-life?!” You shrink to a little whisper, “Well, I mean, I guess, in the case of rape it’s ok.”

What Makes You Weep

In the first story I choose to kill kittens because of inconvenience, in the second, my own baby, because of inconvenience. Same reasoning but one should be cause for greater weeping. No matter the circumstance, no matter the case, killing the unborn human can never be right, it can never be a sinless act, it can never be accepted, not by a Christian. Advocating for abortion, or remaining silent in such a time as this, is embracing an idol. The idol of wanting the right to give and take life, a right that is not ours to have.

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

Luke 12:24 (Emphasis added)

Do you weep over animals that are of way less value than a living breathing human in which is the very image of God seen?

The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

Genesis 9:2-3 (Emphasis added)

Do you weep over a creature that is given as food to mankind? But rejoice at the death of a person with potential to become something great?

It is ok to weep, when animals are mistreated. Even God cares for the birds. But until you can weep 1000% more for the lives of babies that are being devalued to the point of riots for the “right” to kill them. You must ask yourself if it is a Godly compassion you possess, or only the warped values of a warped nation and sinful nature you carry.

How God Views “Fetuses”

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 (Emphasis added)

The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother He named my name.

Isaiah 49:1b (Emphasis added)

In the womb of every pregnant woman is a child that is known by God. Carefully made for a specific purpose.

True Compassion

As a Christian, I plead with my peers to take God at His Word. I encourage you, men and women, to humbly allow the words of scripture to mold the worldview you hold. To not be afraid to stand for life and truth in all facets of life. Whether by loving immigrants, caring for orphans, embracing women with broken stories, or by valuing children.

Do not fear the anger of the world. Or the opinions of those who are living to carry out Satan’s will. Only fear God who will not overlook the innocent shedding of blood, or pardon one who continues to applaud and preach death of the defenseless.

Christians should display radical compassion toward ALL women who find themselves in a frightening pregnancy situation. However, our compassion must look different than that of the world. The world’s compassion will encourage women to have an abortion so they can follow their dreams and be successful.

It will applaud ruthlessness and sinfulness and use lies and deceit to do it. The compassion of Christ looks different. This type of compassion will tell these women there is an innocent life inside of you, that no matter how he or she got there, he or she has just as much value as you do. Christlike compassion links arms with these women and prays them through the difficult seasons, crys with them, comforts, and equips them where they lack resources to care for a child.

The question is, will you weep for kittens and rejoice at the loss of a babies? Jesus is the way, the Truth, and the life. His thoughts are so much higher and so much more significant than ours. Let’s let Him dictate how we weep.

One Response

  1. A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you should write more about this subject matter, it may not be a taboo subject but typically folks dont talk about such issues. To the next! Cheers!!

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