Should the President pardon turkeys?
(See 1. Presidents and Turkeys.)
A pardon excuses an offense and cancels any penalty. Turkey pardons arise from the false worldview that since man evolved from animals, man and animals must be morally equivalent.
A pardon is an absolvement of responsibility and cancellation of punitive consequences for a wrong committed.
A pardon presumes the capability to sin, to do wrong. Humans have a God-given moral sense; animals do not. Turkeys are not morally responsible, cannot sin, and cannot be pardoned. Man has moral responsibility, does sin, and desperately needs a pardon.
Man is pardoned through the death of Jesus Christ. Issuing pardons to turkeys trivializes moral responsibility.
In addition, turkey pardons suggest that it’s preferable not to kill and eat turkeys.
Is dining on turkey Biblical?
Certainly. Originally God gave green plants and seed-yielding plants for food. After Noah’s Flood God extended the menu to include every living creature that moves (Genesis 1:29-30; 9:3).
One bumper sticker falsely proclaims, “Turkeys are people too!” Turkey pardons improperly suggest personhood status for turkeys. Turkeys are not persons and should not be pardoned.
No suitable helper was found for Adam among animals (Genesis 2:18-20). This shows that man is significantly different from animals. People are not animals and animals are not people. Mankind was created in God’s image–animals were not. Thus mankind stands at the top of creation, even above angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). God appointed man steward with dominion over all the earth, including over animals. Animals are for the glory of God and the benefit of man.
Should the President pardon turkeys? Absolutely NOT! The President should eat those turkeys with gusto—and thank God for his own pardon.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Read November’s Bible-Science newspaper column: Tofu Turkeys.
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