Animals Matter


When I was a kid, my neighbor had a Chihuahua named “Baby” that I gave the affectionate nickname of Satan. Trust me, this dog earned the nickname. And lived up to the hype.

That dog bit nearly every one of my friends, and me and oh how we hated that dog. It was evil.

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Truthfully, we were mean to it too though. We threw a live chicken in the backyard with it, just to see what would happen (and before you call PETA on me, the chicken was removed before any damage could be done, and we were six and rather dumb children).The point is that we never treated Baby with any sort of love or affection, and she mirrored it back to us, except with small pointy teeth.

The way we treat animals is important, and not because animals are basically humans (because they aren’t). It is important because how we treat God’s creations (humans, animals, and the environment) reveals what is going on in our souls.

In Proverbs it is written, “Those who are righteous treat their animals humanely, but the compassion of the wicked is really inhumane.”[1]

It's simple, if you abuse animals then there is something wrong in your heart and it's time for a tune up.

God obviously thinks highly of animals and the rest of creation…. He created all of it.

So why do we treat everything like its ours to abuse?

Animals are a gift to us from God, and he gave them to us to watch over and use for food and clothing, but not for us to waste them or abuse them.

Why is it that PETA cares more about taking care of animals than the Church does?

This isn’t hippy stuff, its biblical. God told Adam to be a good steward and protector of the earth and its inhabitants. Why don’t we take this more seriously?

[1] Proverbs 12:10 The Voice