This week, we share with the Shepherding All God’s Creature’s audience an article by Timothy James Verret, Faith Outreach Volunteer for The Humane Society of the United States. Timothy is a guest writer – we welcome him as a contributor on the SAGC blog, and are glad to have him share his wonderful penmanship!
Timothy loves the Lord Jesus and animals. I love the cover photo he has on his Facebook page, which is the photo we will include here for his article! We hope you enjoy his piece as much as all of us have, and will share it widely with others!
Timothy Verret Facebook Cover Photo
“You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.”
Psalm 36.6 (New Living Translation or NLT)
I am a Christian and, in fact, very recently accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and every morning (sometimes, every second of every day), I turn over my life and will to Jesus’ Care and Control. I also love God and I love humans. And I love animals, sometimes referred to as nonhuman animals. I have a great passion for animals, always have, and when I became a Christian, I had to ask myself the question: “Should Christians care about animal welfare and do Christians, under the authority of Jesus whose mission is Love, Compassion, and Mercy to our neighbors, have a moral and humane responsibility to steward ‘creatures of the same God,’ i.e., animals?” (Creatures of the Same God is the title of Reverend Andrew Linzey’s book which details compassionate explorations in animal theology). I thought to myself, “I just gotta’ know the answers to my question(s). Continue reading