Part four of an article based on a talk given by May Tripp at the Retreat For Animal Welfare, Maryvale, 19th June, 1993. This article is included in the book, “Animal Welfare: Through The Cross, A Collection Of Animal Christian Concern Articles” by Roslyne Smith. The book can be purchased here.
We left off in Part Three discussing how difficult it is for secular animal welfarists, and even Christian animal welfarists, to understand the pattern of animal sacrifice and its symbolism to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, the innocent for the wicked, along with our calling to be living sacrifices to live and work to His praise and glory. Media is guided by the values of the fallen world; evolution theory plays its part in removing the concept of the Fall and our need for redemption and a Saviour; and the truth of the Gospel has been negated, making the Cross an unhappy failure instead of the sacrifice which reconciled us to the Father.
We look at the Cross – gold, silver, polished wood – we Christians, and love it as a symbol of Christ’s abiding love for us. We wear it around our necks or in our lapels as a token of our own love for Him. BUT WAIT, the cross is a horrific symbol of evil. That is how the disciples must have seen it. It signifies that evil in the world which nailed Christ to His death and which He had to face, had to endure and then overcome before He could qualify as our Saviour and Redeemer. It is a symbol of the world’s cruelty, a symbol of the world’s separation from God (Gen. 3 v 23.24). Even Jesus Himself had to feel this as He bore our sin at Calvary: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” Continue reading