4 Reasons Your Pet is Not Your Kid
October 01, 2013
Filed In: Church and Culture
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have a cat.
I adopted her three years ago and they have been an adventure!
Bringing her home was a lot of fun, and it was a new experience for me.
Growing up in the military, my parents didn’t think pets were a good idea. Since we lived on Base, they’d always tell us that military wouldn’t allow us (which wasn’t exactly true).
Over the years, I’ve become attached to Sophia. She likes to cuddle and has a wonderful temperament.
If you have a pet or two, I’m sure you like to share photos and stories as much as I do.
What I can’t stand is when people tell me how they don’t have kids because, “My pets are my kids.”
They’re wrong for 4 reasons.
1. Pets don’t have souls. They don’t have power over their instincts. Their life does not transcend their physical bodies.
2. They aren’t made in the Image and Likeness of God. God became Man. God did not become Puppy. Checkmate.
3. They don’t share in God’s co-creating power. While animals can reproduce, they are only able to experience the physical act. They do not procreate with intentionality or with concern for the other, as only two married human persons can.
4. They aren’t the fruit of your marriage. You and your spouse did not create them.
A child, as a human person, holds a higher station and dignity than a pet. Please treat them accordingly.