Misplaced Compassion

There has been a lot of media attention in our area regarding a German shepherd found critically injured in a downtown dumpster. The dog did not survive its wounds, which were apparently inflicted on purpose. Emails of sympathy have been pouring into the radio station reporting this story and donations to the SPCA have drastically increased over the past few days. And now there is a candlelight vigil scheduled to honor this dog.

Am I the only one who sees the misplaced compassion here?

Although I will be the first to admit that I am not fond of dogs, cats, or any pets, for that matter, I am appalled at the horrible treatment of this animal. No living thing should ever have to endure what this animal went through.

But . . . it’s a dog.

The general public will ignore a fellow human being in need, but create headline news at the mistreatment of an animal. I don’t get it.

Here’s a thought I had. Could it be that the enemy of our souls has deceived us with this misplaced compassion? Could it be part of a bigger picture – to take our focus off that which is really important?

I usually read the news online rather than watching it on TV or listening on the radio. I have purposed, over the years, to scroll down to the bottom of the news sites where the stories of lesser newsworthiness appear. It’s quite an eye-opener. And then I ask God to show me who and what to pray for. Sometimes it’s for someone I’ve read about in another city or another country. Sometimes it’s for someone who walks into the coffee shop. And sometimes it’s for my next door neighbour, or my hairdresser, or the guy on the construction crew down the street.

I ask for compassion for the people I don’t even know.

Lord, help me to keep my focus on that which you deem important.


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2 responses to “Misplaced Compassion

  1. Wendy, I’m going to go out on a limb and say I don’t agree with everything you’ve written here.
    Sure, I think some people take the pet thing a little too far, but many animals are helpless and dependent upon human beings for virtually everything, including fair treatment, kindness, and compassion.
    When I think about the scenario you’ve outlined, I believe many of us look at other human beings in need of help and wonder why they can’t do for themselves what we do for ourselves everyday. Is this the right attitude to have? No, not always. But there are definitely occasions when some people could take more responsibility for themselves and not be so dependent on the goodness and compassion of others.
    Animals that we’ve domesticated, on the other hand, don’t have that ability. They automatically accept and love us, no matter who or what we are, and they count on us for everything from food to shelter to whatever.
    When an innocent dog looks into your face, a dog that means you no harm and only wants to be patted and loved, how can you deny you don’t have feelings for that form of life that God also put on this earth for our companionship and gratification?
    I don’t have a pet either–actually, I’m allergic to most pet hair–but, surely, we can acknowledge that pets are living, breathing beings too, and deserving of our basic decency. Doesn’t respect for pets and treating them properly go toward defining us as human beings, too?

    • I agree with you, Rick. Really. The intent of my blog was not to discount compassion for pets and other animals, but to draw attention to the fact that we are often distracted (by pets and other things) so that we don’t see the bigger picture. And that is to look at the world through God’s eyes. To see what He sees. And to do what He would have us do.

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