We Were Given Dominion Over the Earth
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
Genetically modified foods. How does it fit with the idea that when we were created in the beginning, God gave man (and woman) dominion and authority over the earth? Good question. The reason I raise it is because in our province, the increased use of genetically modified foods has led to a movement against the consumption of meat and dairy products. But the Bible states man SHALL have dominion over the beasts of the earth.This authority was mandated by God Himself. As a consequence, we are free to use animals as pets, for work, and as a necessary source of nutrition.
This latter point means that we eat the meat that is good for us. That is not to suggest that we should abuse or mistreat animals in any way. We should always treat God’s creation with respect. After all, the animals give their lives so that we may eat good food. This means that I believe the slaughtering (I hate this word) process should be humane and as non alarming to the animal as physically possible. Why? Because I truly believe that God is watching us and that we will be held accountable regarding our treatment of His creation. Moreover, He entrusted us with the authority to rule the earth and as a result we should naturally be good stewards. This God given authority extends to animals, meaning that man has the ultimate authority OVER them.
Unfortunately, however, the organization that is advocating for the ethical treatment of animals here has a different and more extreme vision of how we should deal with the beasts of the earth. That is, they would have us treat the animals we eat as our equals. Yes, you read that correctly. Animals are being perceived to be “thinking beings” with the heart and mindset to determine the difference between what is morally right and wrong. The people within this organization are usually vegetarians and thus do not consume meat or dairy products in their diet. The problem that I see is that this particular organization’s emerging and now looming presence, in my opinion, has become very similar to a quasi-religious movement. They are very zealous about their beliefs and are becoming increasingly violent in their actions and demonstrations.
Now they want to dictate that other citizens do the same. I mean they don’t want us to use milk, cheese, ice-cream,or any dairy product even remotely associated with animal milk. Imagine, no ice cream — the nerve! (lol) But it doesn’t stop there. The movement against genetically modified foods has now singled out “golden rice” as the next food group to oppose. For those who are not aware, golden rice is a food product that could solve much of the world’s food shortage in most, if not all of the third world. It is a rice that has been injected (for lack of a better word) with all the essential nutrients necessary for daily survival. The other benefit is that rice is easily grown and can be made available in most of the poorer nations in the world.
There are, however, elements of the progressive left who oppose the production and distribution of this much needed rice product. They use all kinds of excuses to justify their position. Even though this product has been repeatedly tested and proven valuable as a food source by the W.H.O., this group is opposed to the production of golden rice. As sad as this is, I personally believe that at some level, these same people can’t want the third world hunger problem to be solved. Why else would they be so determined to get people to stop eating meat and using dairy products — and now rice? I certainly hope I am wrong. I similarly hope that there is a legitimate reason for their stance that goes beyond using the poor to pursue their own collective agenda. I am reminded that historically, “the essence of the peasant mind is retaliation without the courage nor the initiative to strike back effectively.” I think we need to remember this when faced with controversies such as genetically modified food and golden rice, for example, and to take the time to do our own investigative research on these matters.
We also need to trust that our Lord God and Saviour WILL provide. That He will provide us with our nutritional needs so that we have strength and enthusiasm to walk with Him by faith. We need to realize that when we were given authority and dominion over the earth and animals, it was so that we would have meat, and our daily bread. But He also gives us the wisdom and knowledge to be good stewards of the earth. “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9) To this end, He gave us brains to not only make “informed” decisions about what we grow but to do the right thing for others who may be less fortunate. “He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.” (Deuteronomy 10:18)
The enemy will use any means possible to pursue his ultimate goal of stealing your heart and soul from Jesus Christ. Don’t let him. Instead, seek Jesus first and His righteousness, and ALL these things will be added unto you. (Matthew 6:32-34)