There is an old Chinese proverb that says: “One generation plants a tree and another generation gets the shade.” The spiritual ideals and beliefs of our parents determined the type of world we inherited. The question is what type of world our children will inherit? As a society, we have abandoned the word of God as Truth and have banned discussion of God from the public discourse.
A few years ago a man from South Carolina was sentenced to ten years in prison, and ordered to pay a $10,000.00 fine, for killing two of his dogs. In January a daycare worker in Connecticut was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for killing a child. Two thousand children are murdered every day in America’s abortion clinics. It is clear that our society no longer believes that we are made in God’s image, that people have a higher place in society than animals. Ingrid Newkirk founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), once said: ” There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.”
Genesis tells us that we were made in the image of God to rule over creation. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'” (Gen1:26 NASB). Psalms says “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14, NASB). We need to heed these words and live by them. Evangelist Francis Scheffer famously said that if he had but one hour to witness to someone he would spend the first 55 minutes discussing how we are made in the image of God.
What kind of value system, what kind of morality are we establishing for our children’s generation? Where is our society going? Will there be any shade trees for our children? What we do, and say has consequences for the next generations. The authority of Scripture, all Scripture, is of primary importance; it is not a secondary Christian issue. Remember, God made the World and everything in it, including us, in six literal days, you can believe it.