“Thank You, God, that You care about ALL lives!”

What does it mean that God cares about both people and animals?

What is this verse saying?

When I often reflect on Biblical verses, I try to ask myself, “what is this verse NOT saying?” This verse is NOT saying that God ONLY cares about people. This verse is NOT saying that God ONLY cares about animals. This verse is saying that God cares about BOTH people AND animals. BOTH!

What does this verse look like?

When I often reflect on Biblical verses, I try to ask myself, “what does this verse LOOK LIKE?” This verse doesn’t LOOK LIKE God would approve of human abuse. This verse doesn’t LOOK LIKE God would approve of animal abuse. This verse LOOKS LIKE God doesn’t approve of EITHER human abuse OR animal abuse. NEITHER!

What does this verse really mean or what does this verse not condone?

When I often reflect on Biblical verses, I try to ask myself, “what does this verse REALLY mean?” or “what does this verse NOT CONDONE?” This verse REALLY means or does NOT CONDONE:

  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE factory farms (sorry, meat eaters).
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE domestic abuse (sorry, domestic abusers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE animal research (sorry, animal researchers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE child abuse (sorry, child abusers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE animals abused for entertainment (sorry, entertainment animal abusers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE sexual abuse (sorry, sexual abusers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE puppy mills (sorry, puppy mill workers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE human or animal murders (sorry, human and animal murderers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE human or animal violence (sorry, human and animal violators)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE animals abused for fur (sorry, fur wearers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE child trafficking (sorry, child traffickers)
  • God does MEAN that God does NOT CONDONE animals in zoos and circuses (sorry, zoo and circus workers)

“You care about both people and animals, O God.” – Psalm 36:6(b)

Thank you, God, that you care about ALL lives!

-Timothy J. Verret

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