Do all dogs go to heaven? Do any dogs go to heaven? Did you know that God spelled backwards is dog? Is God concerned with the plight of our pets? Should all Christians necessarily be members of PETA?* Am I as intelligent as the common ground squirrel?
I may not have answers to all the questions above. But I was reading the book of Jonah the other day and came across a verse I’d never noticed before. At the end of the book — after Ninevah has repented and turned to God — we find Jonah pouting and complaining.
He was sitting in the hot sun when a vine grew up over his head to give him shade. But then a worm chewed through the vine and it withered, leaving Jonah’s head exposed once again to the blazing sun. And he wasn’t happy about it. [He even said it’d be better for him to die than to live. Some hot sun.]
That’s when the booming voice of God enters:
You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Ninevah has more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?
Yeah, Jonah, it’s not just the people. They have a lot of cows there, too.