So surely you have heard about the gorilla that was killed to save a little boy, and I dare say, there is enough blame to go around as to who was responsible, and why this happened, but I’d like to take a small road trip and entertain a thought that is somewhat interesting.
An unusual situation to be sure. Here you have a renowned gorilla, and a small child. Will the gorilla hurt the little one? It sure looked like he was trying to protect him. Then again, he could have gone ape any second.
If the gorilla killed the boy, half the world would be outraged that the animal was not killed to preserve human life. If the gorilla was killed the other half would cry that there was not given enough patience to allow the scene to play out, leaving the gorilla and the boy alive.
Yet, without a standard for the value of human life, why is a boy’s life more valuable than a gorilla? Who decides?
But truly a Solomon solution was needed. That’s for another time, now that the animal is dead, however….
From a purely spiritual vantage point, rise above the occasion and judge the matter without bias of any kind. Imagine God with a long rifle, having to decide which one of these creatures must die to preserve the other. Imagine the perfect judgment needed to execute this decision, knowing full well His decision will be questioned forever by anybody who could reason.
Consider He who knows past, present, and future, is aware of the dastardly deeds one small boy would commit when he becomes a man, and because men are shortsighted and proud, they would charge God with crimes when they do not know the rrrrrrest of the story.
God could kill the gorilla to save the boy. God could kill the boy to save the gorilla. God could separate the two and allow them to both walk away unharmed. But would he intervene? No, God is not a puppet master. He pulls no strings.
But the greater concern is HOW God could kill either gorilla or boy and be entirely within his character, without compromising his intrinsic eternal perfection. I would suggest God would be perfectly within His pleasure and perfection if he killed a thousand gorillas to save one boy, or if he killed a thousand boys to save one gorilla. God is perfect and can do no wrong. Fortunately, there is this thing called grace.
Men act like apes, men claim kinship with the apes as if they are proud to be their ancestors, men act like ravaging animals, men act like feasting hyenas of depravity, men falsely accusing good people of all sorts of lewd wickedness, while they laugh at believers and applaud the apes, yet, it is THESE people for whom Christ died, yep, Christ died for the ungodly, the criminal, the vile, the proud, the many, the good deed doer, even more so, when men were enemies, the son of God died for them.
Yep, the son of God took the bullet. Willingly. Lovingly. He did not go ape on His accusers and they who said ‘away with Him.’
There is a strong message of grace there in that zoo I tell ya, and how one turns from such favor is beyond reason.
(And no, little boys do not derive from apes, gorillas, monkeys or whatever else the Science Fiction channel or National Geographic brings you)