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I hate to use Gabby for this article…but yeah, she’s like that too if she gets a chance. Anyone who would gnaw on the same rat for 3 or 4 days….. Yuck isn’t the word!


I have always been a dog lover and over the years I have had opportunity to own a number of good dogs. I have always enjoyed spending time with my dogs and have found few things more enjoyable than having a dog that is loyal and lives to please its master.

But there is one thing that has always infuriated me about dogs and that is their habit of eating and wallowing in things that are dead and decaying. If you have a dog, you know what I’m talking about. You go outside and your dogs come running to meet you, licking your hand as you reach down to pet them and then it hits you…the smell of a dead, putrid armadillo or some other dead and rotting animal that your dogs have been feasting on and wallowing in. You jerk your hand back and refuse to pet them, you shoo them away so they don’t rub the smell on your clothes and you scold them for eating and wallowing in such filth!

But they don’t understand the problem. It is difficult to communicate to dogs how repulsive the smell of decaying flesh is to humans and that their eating and wallowing in such filth has an adverse affect on their relationship with their master. No matter how much I love my dogs and no matter how loyal and eager they are to please, I refuse to be around them when they fill their stomachs and cover themselves with the filth.

When this happens, (and living out on the farm, it happens quite often) it reminds me of man’s relationship with God. Just as decaying flesh is repulsive to us and we make every effort to avoid all contact with such filth, sin is repulsive to God and He refuses to be in its presence. Psalms 5: 4-6 states: You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; You hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors. In Habakkuk 1:12, the prophet says of God: Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; You cannot tolerate wrong.

If we could only understand how repulsive sin is to God. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to take away our sin and reconcile us to Himself, but though God loves us, He cannot look upon nor be in the presence of sin. If we want a close and personal relationship with God, we must make every effort to keep our lives free from those things that are repulsive to Him.

The apostle John makes this very clear in 1 John 1: 5-6: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the Truth. Again in John 3: 5-6 he states: But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.

If we desire to dwell in the presence of God, we must make every effort to stay far away from everything that makes us repulsive to Him.

-Wendell Ingram, Wapanucka church of Christ bulletin.


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