My wife Stacie and I recently made a trip to the Dallas zoo. It occurred to me that any zoo reminds Christians of several important truths:
(1) God has created living creatures according to their kinds (Genesis 1:24-25). There are hippos, lions, deer, snakes, spiders, turtles, giraffes, monkeys, bears, tigers, birds, and so many more.
(2) God oversees the goings-on in his creation. God asked Job, “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?” (Job 39:1-2). Also to Job, “Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?” (39:19). And, “Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his wings toward the south?” (39:26). The vast variety of animals testifies to God’s power and wisdom.
(3) Man is not an animal. “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (Genesis 1:26). Man is not an animal on par with the creatures of the earth. God created man in his own image, and he gave man dominion over the living creatures. God made man–not animals–in his image.
Next time you are at a zoo, I hope you will think of the above truths. And, parents, a zoo is a great place to teach your children things about God. Remember that God made the animals according to their kinds, his creative work testifies to his power and wisdom, and God gave man dominion over the animals. One final note: as I walked around the Dallas zoo and beheld the animals from the smallest to the largest, I thought Evolution truly is ridiculous.