Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
For some time now a fiery debate between environmentalists and industrialists on the way in which human activities are harming the ecological balance of planet Earth has been going on. On one side there are those who think that the industrial and technological revolution is the catalyst that will accelerate what to them looks like a certain extinction of all life as we know it. On the other side there are those who think that advocates of environmental rights are just a deluded and romantic bunch of pantheistic hippies. To further complicate the issue and fishing in troubled waters, some theorists of socialism, please forgive the redundancy, have seen in the industrial and technological revolution, a weapon of imperialism to subjugate the people. It is evident that it is very difficult to find the truth on the extreme positions; a truth that has been retouched and obscured with a multitude of arguments, some false, some true, from both sides. Especially now that postmodernism has undermined the foundations of certainty and has created a world where everything depends on the eye of the beholder. It’s hard to tell who is right.
As children of God we must seek the answer to these dilemmas in the revelation that God has given to man, with the caveat that we must be careful not to taint the interpretation of this revelation with our own opinions, as there are those who use the biblical text as a pretext to justify one or the other position. God placed all animals of the earth under man’s dominion. Of course, this does not mean that man has the task of ending the existence of animals or display irresponsible behavior when exercising that domain. Man is expected to manage what has been trusted to him with stewardship criteria. On the other hand, God cares for both people and animals. God has absolute control of the universe and notwithstanding how much man strives to manage the creation one way or another, at the end the plan of God will prevail. Let us act responsibly and let God continue to do His part as master conductor of the universal symphonic orchestra. To God alone be the glory!