“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.”
– Murray Banks
Before developing the Theology of Everything, I’ve never really thought about the meaning behind owning another species of animal. Growing up in the household I grew up in, it was just something you did. Whether it was a puppy with parvo, a cocker spaniel with hereditary mange, or any cat that was hungry, we took care of it. My wife and I had two cats before we even thought of having kids. Since then, we have added three children, a dog, and another cat into the family, bringing the total to nine living creature living under one roof. And let me make this clear, these are not the type of animals that you seek out to buy from a breeder. These are animals that, in one way or another, found us. We are animal lovers, and to us it is second nature to care for animals that can’t take of themselves.
By why do some of us have this posture?
Well there is something Holy about our rule and reign over this world. God has trusted us to take care of this planet. This isn’t some liberal bent on Scripture, I just know that God trusts me to take care of my pets and my pets trust me that I will. It’s a unique thing to really understand that this animal’s life is in your hands.
(I bet if I was a farmer, I’d have an even deeper/richer understanding of this relationship.)
There is something about caring for other animals that blesses me, maybe because deep down I know I don’t have to, and even deeper down I know that I do.
The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.