Many of my best friends know how much of a dog lover I am. I would like for you to meet one of the greatest loves in my life:
The more I read the Bible, the more I understand the nature of God. When I understand that Jesus is reconciling all things to himself (2 Cor. 5:19), that what God is reconciling exists beyond my own pain, and, the pain of others, but, he is recreating humanity. In Revelation, we see a beautiful picture of a Kingdom from Heaven coming down to our present earth (Rev. 21) to redeem the groaning of Creation (Romans 8). All of the disasters, suffering, and pain of our present creation will end. All things will be reconciled.
We will be reconciled with ourselves.
We will be reconciled with God.
We will be reconciled with each other.
We will be reconciled with creation.
In Genesis 1, we see a beautiful picture of a Creation that is full of peace and no violence exists. In Genesis 1, we also see a Creation that is free from Carnivorous eating. Both, from us eating them, and, them eating each other. A few chapters later (after the consequences of the fall), we see God allow humans the ability to eat animals (under circumstance).
In a prophetic vision in Isaiah 11, we see a vision that is restored to peace. We see a vision where:
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
In this beautiful portrait we see the painting of what a reconciliation between animals with each other and with humans looks like. It wasn’t until the fall, where we the consequence of sin enter humans and animals. Animals began fearing humans. We all lost peace with each other. The fall of man resulted in our loss of peace.
When I look at my dog, I see a humble servant, a kind friend, an unconditional love and support. He exists for my pleasure. He is defined by his ability to love and protect his masters. How could I not love him? I think God would want me to love him, because, God breathed life into him like he did into me. He is covered with God’s beautiful presence (Romans 1). Why wouldn’t I want to do my best to love him, and, care for him (even when he pukes in my bed).
The Christian Faith comes for us to come with new eyes to see and new ears to hear. To love the things God loves. To care for the things God cares about. If what was once at peace, and, will once again be in peace, why not participate in that now? Violence didn’t exist before the fall, nor, will it when things are reconciled. Why would we physically or emotionally harm animals? They’re the beautiful creatures that were sent here for our pleasure and fellowship.
Hope this reaches you well and love your pets.
(This blog does not apply to Cats.)