Is Anyone An “Animal”?

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During a roundtable discussion in the White House, US President Donald Trump referred to members of the violent gang MS–13 as “animals.” His comments (as they often do) sparked a good deal of discussion among the media. Some commentators, such as this gentleman writing for the The Washington Post, claimed, “No one is an ‘animal,’” and that Trump shouldn’t have used that phrase, even to make the point that the gang has no moral compass or conscience. But is this a position consistent with the secular media’s worldview?

In an evolutionary worldview (taught as fact to generations of kids in America’s public education system), all humans are animals, just highly evolved ones. So within this worldview, it’s entirely consistent to refer to anyone as an animal—and mean it in a literal sense! For secularists to claim “no one is an animal” is actually highly inconsistent. They want to believe evolutionary ideas (e.g., man is just an animal) while still believing humans are somehow unique (which borrows from a biblical worldview). But they can’t have it both ways!

If we’re just animals, then there is no such thing as morality.

Perhaps they’re just objecting to President Trump’s colloquial use of the term, referring to the violent MS–13 gang as a group of people having no moral compass or conscience. But if we’re just animals, then there is no such thing as morality. So to MS–13 members, morality is completely arbitrary in such a worldview. Animals don’t abide by any form of morality, and if we’re nothing more than animals, why shouldn’t we decide whatever morality we want for ourselves? If MS–13 gangs believe violent crimes and murders are right, who are we to say they are wrong within a secular worldview?

Without an absolute standard for morality, anything goes. But we have an absolute standard for morality—God’s Word. Our Creator and Judge has told us what is right and what is wrong and has given us a conscience (Romans 2:14). It’s God’s Word that tells us we’re not animals and that we’re created in the very image of God (Genesis 1:27) and not related to animals in any way. In a biblical worldview, yes, no one is an animal, but we are all sinners in rebellion against God and desperately in need of a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. So MS-13 gang members are certainly acting in sinful rebellion against their Creator!

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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