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.