Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 11, 2020

Kepler Talks Turkey

(4 Minute Read plus video. 11Nov2020)

Wild turkeys patrolling a campground

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

I have some Thanksgiving advice for President Trump. It’s a message whose foundation penetrates to the heart of Thanksgiving, despite disrupting an ingrained ritual of the season.

My message for the President is short and sweet:
Eat the Turkey!!!

What turkey do I mean?

The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation has happened for decades shortly before Thanksgiving at the White House. In this meaningless ceremony, the president “pardons” the National Thanksgiving Turkey that has been presented to him.

Don’t “pardon” the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Mr. President. Eat it!

Last year President Trump “pardoned” Butter, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, along with the alternate turkey named Bread. The previous year he “pardoned” both Peas and the alternate Carrots.

Some point out that a side benefit of turkey “pardons” is that it means there are two less turkeys in Washington. But eating them instead of “pardoning” them would accomplish the same thing.

Here is a 1-minute YouTube video of the Presentation of the 2019 National Thanksgiving Turkey where President Trump “pardoned” Butter and Bread, last year’s national turkeys.


 
Instead of continuing this tradition of “pardoning” the National Thanksgiving Turkey, I urge President Trump to follow the example of President Dwight Eisenhower who ate the turkeys presented to him during his two terms.

The National Turkey Federation started the National Thanksgiving Turkey tradition in 1947 when it presented President Truman with a 47-pound gobbler. That turkey and other gift turkeys early in the tradition were naturally used for dinners. Although various presidents sometimes spared turkeys, official “pardons” began with President George H. W. Bush in 1989, while animal rights activists demonstrated nearby.

Turkey meat is delicious and nutritious. I know this because occasionally Master gives me turkey stew for my meal. I absolutely love it! Sometimes he gets little cans of turkey stew that are actually for cats, but I don’t mind. I love cat food even more than dog food. Go to EatTurkey.org for delicious turkey recipes for people (and maybe for dogs – I am always hopeful!).

Turkey “Pardons”

Should the President “pardon” turkeys?

First of all, what is a pardon? According to what Master said when I asked him, a pardon is an absolvement of responsibility and cancellation of punitive consequences for a wrong committed. It excuses an offense and cancels any penalty.

A pardon presumes the capability to sin, to do wrong. Humans have a God-given moral sense. Animals do not. As a dog I am often surprised and puzzled that Master disapproves of something I do — like barking.

Like dogs, turkeys are not morally responsible, cannot sin, and therefore cannot be morally pardoned. Man has moral responsibility, does sin, and desperately needs a pardon.

A neighbor said turkey “pardons” are tongue-in-cheek. But that term sounds wacky to me — I just know the idea of a pardon is significant and serious. So I listened when Master told me the deep truth about pardons.

He said man is pardoned through the death of Jesus Christ. Issuing “pardons” to turkeys trivializes moral responsibility.

One bumper sticker falsely proclaims, “Turkeys are people too!” Another adds the line, “It’s wrong to eat your neighbors.” Turkey “pardons” improperly suggest personhood status for turkeys. Turkeys are not persons and should not be “pardoned.”

Turkey “pardons” arise from the false worldview that since man evolved from animals, man and animals must be morally equivalent.

According to Master, the distinction between people and turkeys is Biblical. At creation, no suitable helper was found for Adam among the 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 (Genesis 1:26-28). Animals are for the glory of God and the benefit of man. I like those roles!

I’m an animal, a dog. And I know I’m under Master and not equal to him. I have no moral sense. I only obey for selfish reasons — inducements and enforcements. I always try to get away with forbidden things — like raiding the trash can — and I have no sense of wrongdoing, even when Master scolds me.

Roast Turkey

Eating Turkeys

Turkey “pardons” suggest that it’s preferable not to kill and eat turkeys. So I asked Master, “Is dining on turkey actually Biblical?”

Yes, absolutely! Originally God gave man green plants and seed-yielding plants for food (Genesis 1:29-30). But after Noah’s Flood, God extended the menu to include every living creature that moves (Genesis 9:3). Therefore, turkeys, like eels and cockroaches (and even dogs — horrors), are on the menu.

So, should the President pardon turkeys?

No! Never! Absolutely Not!

Turkeys should be stuffed with chestnut and raisin dressing, succulently roasted, and served with cranberry sauce. Pardons are for people, not turkeys. The President should eat the National Thanksgiving Turkeys with gusto — and thank God for his own pardon.

In a few weeks, eat your Thanksgiving turkey with joy — and thank God for all His innumerable blessings, including forgiveness for sin and eternal life!

I myself am certainly looking forward to turkey stew from Master on Thanksgiving Day. Yum, yum, yum!!!

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Question Mark Cufflinks

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you have a different opinion of the presidential turkey “pardon”? Can you explain it to Kepler?
2. Why is your divine pardon so vital?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

This is the 45th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-45 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns
40. Kepler Remembers Henry
(with video)
41. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing
42. Kepler’s Campaign Advice
43. Kepler Ponders Senescence
44. Kepler’s AK-47

Read the sequel:
46. Kepler Versus the Squirrel

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday November 11, 2020 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
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  1. Reblogged this on clydeherrin.

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  2. Thank for an enjoyable read Kepler! Seems like you have the right orbit figured on the subject of turkey dinner and pardons. I am certainly grateful for mine!

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