Sunday, December 6, 2015
our furry friends
It's clear in today's OT reading that God cares about animals. And in Jonah, the last words of the book talk about the "many cattle" that He is concerned about. It only makes sense, when you really think about it. God cares about His creation. He made animals. He made them furry and delightful. He cares about them.
So how should we treat animals? With respect, of course. We should take care of them. They've been entrusted to us to watch over. Does that mean we can't eat them? Well, Jesus did eat fish. And Noah was commanded to eat animals, as was Paul. But that doesn't mean we should treat them inhumanely. If we are going to butcher and eat them, we should find the least painful, most humane way to do this.
And overall, we need to keep it in mind that God made all of this, and called it good. We are caretakers in a garden that He very carefully put together. We should take this responsibility seriously.
Thank You, God, for the wonders of Your creation. Please help us take care of it.