In a report earlier today, carried in the Arizona Republic newspaper at its on-line site, azcentral.com, I found the following paragraph:
At the "Cave Creek Complex" fire, Chris Cantrell, of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, spent Saturday extracting nearly 200 of the endangered Gila topminnow from Lime Creek, where ash in the water could suffocate the inch-long fish.
The fish will be relocated to the Bubbling Ponds Hatchery in Page Springs until the water is clean enough to bring them back.
Cantrell walked the rocky, remote stream bed, undeterred by the triple-digit heat.
"This is an endangered fish," he said, "and we need to save it."
"Undeterred by the triple-digit heat..." Of course, living in Phoenix, we contend with triple-digit heat all the time; but not usually in the form of flames in our immediate vicinity. It takes something special to put yourself at risk in order to save... minnows. Granted, it's an endangered species -- but how many of us would endanger our lives to save a fish?
So, for those who think that human beings are really nothing more than another form of animal, I offer, as one exhibit, Chris Cantrell of the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, who, at some personal risk, acted to save an endangered fish. Only a being made in the image of God would contemplate such a thing. Therefore, I must conclude that we are more than just what our physical being suggests we are; that is, while it is true that we have a physical, animal being, we are more than what we appear to be. Of course, we have the example of the Son of God becoming incarnate in order to save us, a sort of "endangered species" -- and we act as He has acted, and acts today, to save others.