Anyone who knows me knows about my love for cats. (I can’t resist posting at least one cat pic on Facebook every day!) Truth be told I love and enjoy all animals, and nature in general, and deeply appreciate God’s creativity, love of variety, and pure joy displayed in this world He’s created.
And I’ve been puzzled, and sometimes hurt, by the lack of interest the Christian community often shows in being good stewards of God’s creation. From being told there are “more important things to do” (more important than obeying the first command God gave to humanity after “be fruitful and multiply”?) to being accused of “seeking popularity with nonbelievers” because “supporting the environment is cool” (huh??) my love for God’s creation has been discouraged for decades.
So tripping over this site (“Not One Sparrow: A Christian Voice for Animals“) today brought tears to my eyes. Here’s a quote:
“We want to help Christ’s community become better caretakers of animals, for the sake of our own response to the gospel and to show the world that the good news reaches to all creatures. We’re committed to supporting animal advocacy cause where we can, and contributing a faithful perspective to it. Our hope is to consistently encourage affirming and empathetic relationships with animals, and to speak out against neglect and abuse of all kinds.”
In a nation where literally millions of animals are abused and/or euthanized every year, and where the consumption of natural resources continues at an alarming rate, it seems to me God’s people should be at the forefront of caring compassionately for our Maker’s creation. Amen to the above, and if others are aware of similar resources, please post in the comments.