Animal Care Is Indicative
Proverbs 12:10 “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”
Concern for the welfare of animals tells a lot about a person. If one cares about animals, feeds the animals and allows the animals to coexist with them happily it tells a lot. If one finds pleasure in harassing the animals, stoning them, throwing sticks at them and doesn’t mind seeing them knocked down by vehicles on the highway it tells a lot. A righteous person cares for the welfare of an animal. Animal care is indicative whether one is righteous or not!
What do you teach your children about animal care? Do you care when your children are thrilled stomping on insects, chasing chicken, cats, dogs, stoning birds, etc.? Do you teach your children animal care or encourage cruelty? While eating and an animal seems to be in need of food, do chase it or feed it? Do you give your animal left overs or plan it’s food? Animal care is indicative whether you are righteous or not.
Do you intervene when animals fight? Do you sympathize with wounded animals? Do you dispose dead animals properly or ignore their carcasses? Animal care is indicative of whether you are righteous or not!
Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
That is the command God gave Adam and Eve after creating them. We were created to take care not just of our needs, but animal and nature needs too. To ignore nature, environment and animals, is to defy the Creator God! To ignore animal care is rebellion against God. Animal care is indicative of whether one is righteous or not!
Genesis 1:30 “And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.”
God cared to give food to all creation. To all animals, all birds and everything alive. We must be righteous like our heavenly Father, 1 Peter 1:16/ Matthew 5:48. If God fed everything and was concerned about everything, so must we. Animal care is indicative of whether we are righteous or not!
Jonah 4:11 “But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
Jonah wanted the city of his enemies, Nineveh, to be destroyed at all costs, whether people repent or not! God at the end of the book of Jonah, appeals to Jonah to change his attitude. God tells Jonah that, God cares for the confused people in Nineveh who can’t tell right from left. But also God cares for the animals in Nineveh. Before destroying Nineveh, God thought of animal welfare. Do we think of animal welfare around us? Animal care is indicative of whether we are righteous or not!
Revelation 11:18 “The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great–and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
Some people will be destroyed by God during the last judgment, because they destroyed the earth. In the Genesis command, God expects us to take care of the earth, including animal welfare. To ignore animal welfare will be a subject of God’s final judgment. Animal care is indicative of whether we are righteous or not!
Genesis 9:5 “And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.”
God will demand an accounting for the life of animals under our care, animals we kill on the highway or shoot for fun. God will also demand an accounting from animals for any human being that they kill. God demands a peaceful coexistence. We have the superior brain over animals, we therefore must ensure peaceful coexistence. Animal care is indicative of whether we are righteous or not!
Our righteousness doesn’t come from animal care but from Christ dwelling in us. If Christ Jesus dwells in us we will exhibit His righteousness. Christ’s righteousness includes concern for the environment and animal care. Animal care is indicative of whether we are righteous or not!
Animal care doesn’t mean we take the extreme of putting animal welfare above human life, no! It means, we live and let live. We co-exist. God created us and also created animals. We need to co-exist. We have a responsibility for animal care. Animal care is indicative of whether we are righteous or not!
May God help us to learn to exist with our environment and animals in particular. May we teach it to our children and others. May the peaceful coexistence bring God’s favor to all of us even today. In Jesus name. Amen! (C)email@example.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)