Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World,” such as:
- the shot which started the Revolutionary War in 1775;
- the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria which served as a major catalyst of WWI;
- the game-winning home run by NY Giants Bobby Thomson to win the NL pennant in 1951.
As I write this in early August, I am surrounded by the media coverage of the “shot heard ‘round the world” in the killing of the African lion, Cecil, in Zimbabwe by American dentist/hunter Walter Palmer. The alleged illegal tactics in pursuit of personal pleasure and greed certainly raise crucial questions as to the ethical treatment of any animal as part of God’s creation. The outpouring of moral outrage has captured social media.
An even more crucial question for me:“Where is my moral outrage against the ‘shots heard ‘round the world’ in terms of human rights?!”
- the killing of human beings in street violence – regardless of one’s race;
- the killing of thousands of humans in mass genocide – regardless of the nation;
- the killing of a person’s right to vote – regardless of the county or country;
- the killing of a person’s right to health care, education, employment , justice – regardless of one’s “status.”
QUESTIONS TO MYSELF: Which “shots” cause me moral outrage? Which “shots” should cause me moral outrage as a person of faith? What do I need to do to become a change agent? My answer is crucial to who I am as a creature of God