Saturday, June 22, 2013


I have been quite disturbed by the reaction of many concerning the recent ruling by the BSA concerning gay scouts. Instead of seeing this as a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn tolerance, it has not gone as well as I had hoped. But...

I love it when God uses the animal kingdom to "put us in our place"...

I read an article today about puppy being rejected by its mother. When Noland (the puppy) was only 1 day old, he was taken to the Cleveland Animal shelter without his mother. Now even in the best of circumstances, without a mother, his chances for survival are not high. But the people at the shelter were willing to try everything they could...and found the most unlikely of allies...a mama cat!

They introduced Noland to Lurlene (mama cat) and her litter of 4 nursing kittens and amazingly Lurlene welcomed him as one of her own. To quote the shelter, "They're now one happy family"! It's still touch and go and Noland is not out of the woods yet, but his chances are much better than they would have been!

When we think of species who do not like one another, cats and dogs rank high on the list. But in this instance, the mothering instinct was stronger than anything. Why is it we humans, who have the ability to think, rationalize, communicate, adapt, grow and learn, have such a hard time with tolerance. Why must we fear? Why must we assume someone who is not like "us" is wrong just because of their difference?

Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-9)...He didn't turn away, He didn't run her off. Despite their differences and generations of hatred, He MET her at the well...why can't we?


bthomas said...

Why? With respect, there are many committed Christians who simply refuse to disregard the clear teaching of Scripture to accommodate an aggressively immoral pagan culture.

amanda said...

The Bible tells us in absolute terms that we are NOT to judge others...we are commanded to love and serve.
Perhaps you will recall some of the verses that teach us: The meek, instead of the mighty, shall inherit the earth. To find one's life, you must lose it.
God's will is revealed "out of the mouth of babes", not out of the mouth of the wise. The least in the Kingdom of God shall become the greatest. The last shall be first, and the lost shall
be found. While the most important lesson of all is that the Son of God died, so humanity could live. The entirety of Jesus’ life and mission was to the least, the last, the lost.