Perspective · Respect · Revulsion · Sin · Sympathy

groaning…

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

Romans 8:20-22 ESV

This morning… driving by a pasture near my house… I saw a big… black… lump looking like a dead animal…

As I got closer it began to move…

Yuck…!

It was a large black vulture sitting on the ground… wings extended… sunning himself… warming up on a chilly morning…

The Yuck which came forth on recognition of the form…. convicted a bit… as the thought came to mind…

He is groaning… waiting to be set free from corruption…

My view of the vulture shifted… from revulsion… to pity… sympathy… connection… as I too groan in my waiting to be set free from corruption…

Before sin entered the world… there was no death… no carrion for a vulture to eat…

Of course nothing… was created to eat flesh… not one thing a carnivore…

“…And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”

Genesis 1:30 ESV

Vultures… in bondage to death… feeding on it for sustenance… yet groaning inwardly… waiting to be set free…

Every living creature… deserves our respect…

Because those which cause revulsion… are what they are… because of us…

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