More than 150 dogs and puppies are looking for new homes in Bedford County, Tennessee tonight. Their owner is charged with neglect and will likely be sentenced later this week. WSMV, one of the major news stations in Nashville, made an urgent plea on the dogs’ behalf tonight on the 10 o’clock news, urging viewers to call the Bedford County Humane Shelter and adopt a dog. Stories like these are constantly on the news. Many television stations and variety programs even have a “Pet of the Week” that they spotlight in hopes someone will adopt it and other dogs in the same circumstances.
All of this has got me thinking.
Before I go any further, let me say I love animals. We have a 2-year-old dalmation named Ace that we love dearly. Our family owned and bred basset hounds from the time I was 10 years old. I’d much rather see a deer or turkey than kill one anyday. But isn’t something out of kilter when the plight of dogs and cats gathers more attention and brings more emotion and prompting to act than the stories of boys and girls and babies that are alone, hurting, hungry, homeless and in need of adoption?
I don’t profess to have the answer to our nation’s struggle to find homes for orphans and unwanted babies, but I do know that we have got to keep it on the list of problems to be solved and not swept under the rug to be quickly forgotten. What should we as the church do? We are told in James 1:27 that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
This just in……..four babies were born today in Nashville that need homes. If you can help………….