Vick & Violence
This picture has been widely circulated online and through email, however, it is not connected with the Virginia Beach Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and their efforts to rescue animals after hurricane Katrina. Regardless of authenticity, the picture speaks for itself and it is haunting.
Michael Vick’s career is likely over. And the big question is, “What was he thinking?” He appears to have everything the world touts as being desirable: fame, wealth, health, skill & athleticism (plus almost anything else that money can buy). But now he is mixed up in dogfighting of all things—an alter ego underworld of disgrace, gambling, death, chance & barbarism. It is a terrible thing to train innocent animals to kill each other, and Vick should be punished if he is guilty.
But should we be surprised? Encouraging senseless violence among animals makes the news headlines because it’s relatively unusual. Yet our society is steeped in violence, and we are generally numb to its frequent occurence. Over three decades now, our society has allowed women to intentionally kill their own pre-born children which occurs nearly 3,700 times every single day. We just ignore this violence against children and call it “choice.” The local evening newscasts mention daily the other people who are violently and intentionally abused or murdered in communities across our nation. Many of us don’t give it a second thought. The court systems and law enforcement are over-burdened as criminal cases continue to rise, and the single greatest percentage of taxpayer dollars is usually budgeted for prison management and law enforcement.
Vick’s undoing is just one example and symptom of our diseased society. Proverbs 30:12 says, “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” Like Vick, America would seem to have a lot going for it. You know, “the land of the free and the home of the brave” and “the American dream” stuff. But inside, our nation is mired in spiritual crisis and we are self-destructing from within. When I look at the picture above, I see beyond the tragic end of an innocent puppy or promising career—I see the tragic consequences of a society not washed of its own violence.