Chappy’s corner “Man’s best friend”

A man walked into the Lutheran pastor’s office and asked, “My dog of fifteen years died and I was hoping to have a funeral for “Sparky”. Would you be willing to do the funeral?  The Lutheran pastor politely said, “Well, we don’t normally do funerals for animals, but I do believe the Episcopal pastor does have a special blessing service for animals so maybe he could help you out.” The man thanked the pastor and started to leave and then stopped, “Oh, by the way I’m not sure what kind of amount I should offer the pastor for his services.  Do you think one thousand dollars would be a proper amount?” At that point the pastor immediately stood up and said, “Oh, wait a minute, you didn’t tell me your dog was Lutheran!”

Most people love their animals and personally I’m a big pet lover.  But sometimes I see people putting pets over people. They treat their animals kindly, but fail to treat others with that same kindness. Now it is true that there are times when animals behave better than their owners.  I’ve seen people call other people (including members of their families) all kinds of ugly and horrible names.  I’ve seen children mistreated by parents, while those same adults wine and dine their cats and dogs.  Sadly many folks treat animals better than people.

But God is different.   Although God created animals and he cares about animals; people are much more valuable to Him.  Jesus said, “What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Matthew 10: 29-31) All people no matter what color of skin, what age, what gender, they are all valuable in God’s sight. He loves and cares deeply for each and every one of us.  That’s why He didn’t want people to be lost forever and sent His Son into this world to be the Savior of the world.  As Jesus said, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)

Sadly many folks don’t understand it. For example, a man at the coffee shop was working a crossword puzzle and asked “What’s a three letter word for man’s best friend and the middle letter is “o”?” Immediately someone shouted, “Dog!”  But the first fellow then said, “But I think the first letter has to be a “G”.  At that point nobody had an answer.

God didn’t send Jesus to save cats and dogs, He sent Jesus to save us, namely people.  And when you think of it, that makes Jesus man’s best friend.   But that’s just my thoughts from this very hot SE corner of South Dakota!


CH (COL) David Gunderson