It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax.
I haven’t been relaxing yet but it’ll come later. I’m working on laundry and other household tasks first. So speaking about laundry, at our new place we have a nice front load washer. I have heard they can leave an unpleasant smell behind in the washer, which I have found to be very true, and it seems my laundry never smells good. Today for the first time I am trying “UNStopables” scent beads. The laundry isn’t done yet but I can smell it while it’s going and it smells good, so hopefully so will my laundry.
Anyway, that isn’t what I was going to write about, although I am writing on scrambled thoughts. 🙂
It isn’t always easy for me to write a post unless I have a specific conversation or situation through the week that gives me an idea for one. There hasn’t been any of that lately, but I have been having a lot of thoughts about animals. They’re so scrambled it’s been hard to pull them together to write a post. I finally decided just to go ahead and let them out even if they come out scrambled. Mostly I have been thinking about how I feel like I or other animal loving people have to use so much time & energy in convincing other people about animal’s rights. You see to me it seems like it should be obvious. God created them and God gave us the job to care for them. Period.
If you believe in God, you probably believe that when this world ends there will be no more violence, illness, poverty, etc. That stuff is only occurring now because of the fall, not because it is God’s will or plan. Have you heard “On earth as it is in heaven?” That’s can be NOW. We can bring heaven to earth now by how we live, how we treat others, and the choices we make.
To say I’m not confused about certain parts of the bible would not be true. My pastor has spoken on “progressive revelation” which is God meeting us where we’re at to teach us his ways as we grow. For example, the slaughtering of animals, the sacrifices, those were never his idea or will. He never forces love towards him or compliance. In the Old Testament he was meeting people where they were at to lead them to what he really wanted. He was taking baby steps (Isaiah 28:9-10). Think of it as how parents teach their children. You only expect from them what you believe they can handle/understand at the time. Sometimes you give in, bend, or change the rules depending on the circumstances.
My pastor also spoke on how the entire bible was leading up to Jesus, his will, his desire, his love. Sacrificing, harming, abusing, or treating animals as insignificant is NOT in his plan. It is not his desire and never has been.
Well I let out some of my scrambled thoughts. Hope they made some sense. It comes down to the bottom line….treat animals with love and kindness. Proverbs 12:10 “The righteous care for the needs of his animals.”