Dog Fighting

Well, Michael Vick is in a bit of hot water again. This time, he’s charged with operating a dog fighting operation, and animal cruelty (and, when you read the indictment, it’s cruel).

Honestly, I’ve never put a ton of thought into what I thought about animal rights–probably because I’ve spent the bulk of my life in Southern California, where animals are treated better than humans, and Texas–where animals….well….you know.

I believe that God wants us to live in harmony with his creation. I believe that God allows us to eat meat. The very fact that vegetables taste the way they do makes me think that he actually prefers that we eat meat.

And, I’m pretty sure that God wouldn’t like dog-fighting rings, or the torture of animals. But, he also gives humankind dominion over the earth, and asks for animal sacrifices, etc.

I’m not a big "rights" guy. But, I’m sure that if animals have rights, the right to not be electrocuted, hung, or beaten to death is among them. So, say it ain’t so Michael.

In the mean time, I’m gonna get my arm warmed up…I here there’s an opening at QB in Atlanta.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Share Your Thoughts

9 thoughts on “Dog Fighting

  1. Maybe, subconsciously, this story is what inspired the wife and I to drive to Canton today and adopt a dog from the shelter so she wouldn’t be put down this afternoon.
    Now we have one of each color to complete the set.
    And I have never cared much for Vick. I wonder if he was as overrated as a dogfighter as he was a quarterback.

  2. Come on Tim! Did this guy not give you the creeps before this? I haven’t been good with Vick since he flipped me off on Monday Night Football. Whenever an athlete flips off the camera, he flips off the fans. This fella would have to get pretty bad to surprise me.

  3. I rarely comment on (or read) blogs. But I’m with you on this one. As a lover of Jesus and pitbulls, and as someone whose seen dogs taken out of fighting rings, few things provoke as much loathing and sadness. I’m biased– I am pretty sure that all dogs hold a preeminent place in the animal hierarchy. A must read: “On God and Dogs: A Christian Theology of Compassion for Animals” (Paperback)
    by Stephen H. Webb