Have you heard the phrase “cat and dog theology”? There is actually a book by that title written by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison.
Most of us have probably owned a cat or dog or been around one at some point in our lives. It is obvious there is a big difference between the way dogs and cats view life and relationships.
It has been said that dogs have masters and cats have servants.
Dogs are attributed with qualities like loyalty, service and faithfulness. But cats are characterized as independent, finicky and aloof.
Dogs live to please and serve their masters; cats live to be pleased and served.
Dogs love to obey. Cats love to show they are the boss. Cats have a renegade spirit.
Dogs love their masters and show it in every way. Cats love their owners, but they will show it in their way and in their timing.
In dog theology, it is all about the Master. In cat theology, it is all about the cat, himself.
The next time you look at your cat or dog, stop and ask yourself, which theology am I living by in my relationship with Jesus, my rightful Master? Am I living to please the Master or living to please myself?
I love my cat – but I want to live by dog theology. “Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:9
It’s your turn. What differences do you see between the way dogs and cats view life and relationships?