Bengal tigers

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me. And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
 (Matthew 25: 45-46

What can we do to help?

“We alone cannot save nature, but we might be able to stop contributing, as we have done for centuries, to its objectification and degradation and begin to see it as God’s beloved-as we claim people are- as having
intrinsic worth in God’s eyes and in ours.”

(Super, Natural Christians (p14), Sallie McFague)


            Saving the Bengal tiger is both an environmental issue and an issue of faith. Sallie McFague, a theologian whose main goal is to get Christians specifically to go beyond their calling and do more, asks us to be stewards to the world we live in. Sallies' book, Super, Natural Christians, is full of ways we can give back. We have caused so much damage to our ecosystem that there is no way for us to save it, but we can preserve it. By doing environmentally helpful things, such as saving the endangered Bengal tiger, we can help keep alive the few commodities our world has to offer. The Dependancy Theory, which is where someone or something in a higher power with more means either economically or otherwise takes advantage of a lesser someone or something and abuses the privileges it gives them. This is a perfect example of what we are doing to the Bengal tigers. Because we have taken away their habitat and lifestyle, they are dependent on us to take care of them. Instead of doing this, we exploit them and use their fur and bones for our benefit. As human beings, it is our job to see the beauty in this world and to take care of it, as good stewards should. Stewardship goes beyond caring for people and the environment but extends even to animals such as the tiger. All creation is a gift from God and it is up to us to care for it to the best of our ability. In God’s eyes, everything is sacred and everything is beautiful. It is time for us to see the same in everything around us. In the Gospel of Matthew, God questions his followers saying, “For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink…” (Matthew 25: 42). We must treat the tigers the same as we would our Lord. He speaks about helping the poor and undernourished and we do everything we can to help them. Poachers and hunters are oppressing and hurting the tiger population. In the same way, we should put all our efforts into helping the Bengal tiger survive extinction. It is our duty to God, as stewards of this planet, to return it to Him in the condition we found it someday. Matthew Fox, another theologian who focuses mainly on environmental issues, says that ecological justice is the obligation that humans have to creation. We were made in God's image, and in God's image must we act. 

Following are some actions we can take:
1. Create pamphlets to pass out to friends, family, and your community
2. Educate others/ Raise awareness 
3. Help to create a National Reserve Park 
4. Send a letter to your government asking them to do something about this issue
5. Create a website where you can adopt and care for a tiger