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THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF...PEOPLE

"You shall not seethe a kid in his mother's milk" (Exodus 23:19)

 

It's not that such a cooking practice violates any health code or that mixing milk and meat has some adverse effect on the meal, the whole prohibition here has to do with decency and common courtesy. If God cares for young goats He certainly cares for people. There is nothing intrinsically diabolical in pouring milk gravy over a goat steak, it's the principle involved that Moses outlaws. Somehow the two, boiled goat and the milk it was fed on, ring of taboo. The lawgiver mentioned this three times, twice in Exodus and once in Deuteronomy. Solomon added, "A wise man regards the life of his beast..." (Proverbs 12:10) These too are God's creatures and they deserve moral respect regardless their intelligence level, and I am not a nature freak.

 

But along with the ethical treatment of animals we ought to consider the ethical treatment of humans. That is the focus of the text. Over and over the Bible commands us not to eat the blood of animals (Genesis 9:3). Why; because blood is the life of the flesh. So you have no problem saying no to goat meat and blood? I figured that much. I'm not at a loss for devotional material. I write this because there are people who treat their dogs better than their neighbors. One friend told my wife that if there is such a thing as reincarnation, he wanted to come back as Deb's horse. She does change the bedding often and keep the trough full and that is commendable. You can go overboard with pets but it is hard to do so with people.

 

How do I seethe a kid in his mother's milk? Gossip and backbiting puts a man or woman in the stewpot. Mishandling the "sincere milk of the word" (1 Peter 2:2), thumping the pulpit and flinging proof-texts around to dominate or manipulate others is another way to seethe the kid. Is that red-faced preacher anointed, or is the stewpot just starting to seethe? Sometimes soothing does a lot more good than seething.

 

PETA goes berserk when someone skins a raccoon's hide. Where are these animal advocates when the press is skinning the president's hide? Where are they when Christians are being martyred in Moslem countries? Better yet, why aren't they protesting the ultimate seething of kids in their mothers' milk, abortion? Talk about ethical treatment. It may not be their mother's milk, but amniotic sack, what's the dif? There are few tortures comparable to that. Abu Graib doesn't even make the radar screen. Perhaps we should start a new lobby, People for the Ethical Encouragement of People. We can call it PEEP! Maybe Senate would fund it (I sincerely doubt it). The word humane comes from its obvious root, human. Too bad that human society is not always the humane society. Hitler cared enough for his Alsatian dog "Blondi" that he took it into the bunker with him to protect it from the Allies then had it poisoned before his own suicide. I'm not trying to sound weird, but the weirder thing is the lady that has eighty cats in her home but won't help her next-door neighbor. What Moses was trying to say is that we ought to treat goats right and if we do that it would be assumed that we would make treating people right an even higher priority.


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