But who cares about those ducks and chickens? I’ve got a poor ‘little’ white fluffball panting next to me inside the house, looking quite miserable for some reason because someone thought she needs to be treated more like a human. Therefore I should just feed her, let her sleep all day and treat her like my kids. Meanwhile, predators are wreaking havoc outside and wipe out pretty much everything but my horses and pigs.
As long as my dog is happy, they say. That’s what matters.
My children weren’t put here on earth to guard livestock or to keep the rodents away. They weren’t created to supply us with meat or milk. I know it sounds absurd, but I think we need to really look at this bluntly.
God said we are made in His image and we are to take dominion over the earth and animals(Genesis 1:6). In other words, not only are we set apart from animals but we are in charge of the earth and we rule over the animals.
I know this post may seem obvious to some, but I am sure you have come across someone who questioned you about how you raise your pets or livestock. Not only have I been told to quit advertising my puppies or breed my dogs, I’ve been blasted for how I raise my goats.
Someone commented on my blog awhile ago about how cruel I was to my goats. They should never be milked or have babies that nurse on them because that is painful and cruel. I’m telling you, we live in a whacked out world. These people haven’t really thought things through and the consequences of their ‘beliefs’. I don’t think they realize that if we go by their ‘convictions’, then livestock would eventually become extinct. They would not be used for their intended purposes so why breed them in the first place?
Back to my children. I will never equate my children to animals. Ever. They were set apart from the very beginning. I’m an animal lover, always have been. But to give them as much attention as my children is, quite frankly, child abuse. How messed up my kids would be if I loved my cats the same as them? Talk about struggling with self worth the rest of their lives!
Nah, I’ll stick with God’s plan. I’ll continue to teach them how to raise and take care of these beautiful creatures, with kindness and respect of course, so that they can grow up with a greater appreciation of God’s design, His creation. I’ll continue to teach them to be a good steward of this earth.
But I won’t teach my cat that.