27th Feb

2018

Dog and cat theology

Have you ever heard of dog and cat theology? I can’t remember exactly where I first heard about it, but it goes something like this. Dog theology: he feeds me, he cares for me, he protects me, he loves me – HE must be God. Cat theology: he feeds me, he cares for me, he protects me, he loves me – I must be God. Perhaps this is a bit harsh on cats… But perhaps there are times when we think everything revolves round us and that our happiness is the only thing that matters. We think everyone owes us something and that everything is there for us to use as we see fit. That’s tragic! Consideration of the incredible self-sacrificing love of Christ should stimulate us to give all that we are and have back to him in gratitude. This should make us much less self-focused and so much less like the cat in the story!

Then there’s dog theology…  He feeds me, he cares for me, he protects me, he loves me – HE must be God.  I think David the psalmist was a dog theologian!  He wrote in Psalm 116:12 (NLT) “What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me?”  David recognised that the Lord had been so good to him that the onus was on him to respond. God doesn’t owe us anything. We owe Him everything. Our life, our breath and, above all things, our salvation come from Him. David’s response in Psalm 116:13-14 ought to be ours: “I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the LORD’s name for saving me.  I will keep my promises to the LORD in the presence of all his people”. If we have experienced the Lord’s salvation let’s be dog theologians – people who love and obey their Master!