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Prayer… adjusting how we view reality.

Prayer - Does It Make Any DifferenceThe prophet Daniel defied a tyrant’s orders by opening his window and praying three times a day toward his home city of Jerusalem. For him, for the other believers living in foreign lands… prayer was the main reminder of a reality contradicted by all surroundings. A channel of faith, it served to restore the truth belied by everything around them. For us, too, prayer can be that channel. We live on a broken planet, fallen far from God’s original intent. It takes effort to remember who we are, God’s creation, and faith to imagine what we someday will be, God’s triumph.

Prayer has become for me much more than a shopping list of requests to present to God. It has become a realignment of everything. I pray to restore the truth of the universe, to gain a glimpse of the world, and of me, through the eyes of God. In prayer I shift my point of view away from my own selfishness. I climb above timberline and look down at the speck that is myself. I gaze at the stars and recall what role I or any of us play in a universe beyond comprehension. Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view. ~ Philip Yancey in Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?

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The Real Question

We ask, “Where does God fit into the story of my life?”
when the real question is,
“Where does my little life fall into the great story of God’s mission?”

~ Christopher J. H. Wright

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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Sorry Thor, we love you but you’re just a pet!

Do you own a pet? Wait! Don’t answer yet. How you respond will say a lot about your view of life.

You see, according to Professor Andrew Linzey, director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, we shouldn’t even use the word “pet,” because the phrase is demeaning to animals. Instead, we should call a Labrador Retriever a “Companion animal.” And please, don’t use the word “owner.” That’s a demeaning term as well.

Of course, such language has its downsides. If some guy is reaching out to a canine with a temper, instead of shouting “Don’t pet the dog!” we’d have to warn, “Don’t manually stroke the companion animal!” But by the time we spit that out he could be missing a finger!

As reported by the U.K. Telegraph, Professor Linzey and his colleague, Prof. Priscilla Cohn of Penn State are quite serious. Linzey and Cohn say “We shall not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves” to use appropriate language that reflects our proper “moral relations with” animals.

And what is that proper moral relation? Linzey and Cohn give us a hint. The word “owner,” they say, “whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use.”

Silly semantics or word games? I don’t think so. What Linzey and Cohn are suggesting is that humans and animals are equals. All of this is the result of a humanistic worldview. If we are not created by a loving God but rather evolved out of some primordial slime, then, yes, we are no more valuable than the common slug.

But we are not all equal. Humans alone bear the image of God. And animals cannot have “rights” in the way we humans do.

Should we care for animals as part of God’s creation? Absolutely! Christians have long recognized this. It was William Wilberforce, a Christian, who founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But to treat them as equals or even near-equals? I don’t think so!

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