It’s Only Natural by Sherry Chamblee

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Animals are fun to watch, aren’t they?

And we can find illustrations of God in their world.

Isn’t funny though, how every time there’s something we want to be able to do, we point at animals and say, “See, they do it. It must be natural for us to do it, too.”

Yet we never point at the nasty, ugly things animals do and declare the same thing, do we?

Well, most of us don’t.

I mean, when was the last time you watched your cat groom itself and think, “Hmmm, well if that’s the ‘natural’ way to take a bath, I guess I’ll try it, too.”

And when was the last time it was ok for one guy to herd a bunch of women together and race them across the prairie? Ok, probably never…but wild horses do it all the time.

I’m just sayin’…for every illustration of fidelity, parental love, and cross-species friendship in the animal world, there are countless examples of the opposite.

Let’s be careful of using the natural world to illustrate our moral behaviors.

Honestly, I think much of the problem with today’s society is that we’ve taken to looking at the animals as our greatest and highest model of behavior. We are not animals.

God makes a difference between plant life, animal life, and human life, and it’s a distinct difference. It might seem odd to some of us older people to have to make that clear, but I’ve been in a class of kids and had them tell me without a doubt that they are just animals. This is what they’d been taught. We’re only self-aware animals.

God made us more than that, and because of that difference we have a greater responsibility, to both nature and our fellow man.

2 Tim. 3:16-17 we read: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

So the next time you think of pointing to an animal and declaring it to be a good example of behavior, remember to see if it fits the Bible’s code first.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

More by Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com or connect with her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/authorsherrychamblee or on Twitter https://twitter.com/SherryChamblee Her books can be found on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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