Just as we're answering the question whether Christians are supposed to have other priorities than caring for animals, I was very happy to learn (via Denise LaChance and Our Hen House) that Billy Graham recently answered a similar question at The Christian Post. The legendary evangelist and much-respected Reverend Graham's guest column from May 17th is titled "Is God Interested in Animal Care?"
He is asked by a concerned mother whether her 16-year-old daughter, who has a big heart for animals and volunteers at a local pet shelter, is in God's will for doing so: "She feels this is what God wants her to do with her life, but is God really interested in things like this?"
In reminding that animals were created by God and continue to belong to Him, Rev. Graham writes, "Yes, let me assure you that God is concerned about our care of every part of His creation - including the animals." I hope you'll have a chance to read the rest of his encouraging and wise response, but here's just a bit more: "what your daughter is doing is a good thing in God's eyes, for He is concerned about the way we treat animals (especially those that depend on us)."
Amen, Rev. Graham.
(photo courtesy my father Daryl DeVries, from a 1993 Billy Graham evangelistic crusade in Essen, Germany which he helped put on; I'd also like to mention my brother Joshua DeVries, creator of our site banners, has a role as one of Graham's closest friends and confidants in the movie Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham)