A coalition of evangelical leaders has released a signed statement on "Responsible Care for Animals."
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, in conjunction with the Ethics and Public Policy Center and The Clapham Group, announced the "Every Living Thing Matters" statement as the first unifying document of its kind.
"We feel like this was an area that has probably not been looked at from a biblical principles level as intentionally by evangelicals as other areas have been in the past," Mark Rodgers of the Washington, DC-based Clapham Group tells OneNewsNow.
He continues to describe the document as full of scriptural references.
"One of the very first statements is, We believe God uniquely created humankind in His own image and likeness, in contrast to creatures, including animals, who are created after their own kind; that He appointed humankind to rule over all living creatures," Rodgers cites.
"So this is an evangelical statement, biblically-rooted, signed by Russell Moore (ERLC), Richard Land (Southern Evangelical Seminary), and any number of very well-known evangelicals, reviewed by 40 different Christian thinkers and theologians before it was released."
Motivated by centuries of Christian reflection on biblical teaching, the statement calls evangelicals to examine scripture's teaching on the significance of all living things, including animals, in the context of a comprehensive commitment to faithful and conscious living.