The Bullied Bird
By Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ's Millennium
Which you can order online from: http://www.kingdomageministry.com
Even in nature the law of sowing and reaping holds true, consistently, season after season. My mother wrote me about one woman who had to repair a section of the back of her house. There were gaps in the masonry that needed to be filled in with fresh cement. In one crevice she found a bird’s nest with baby chicks in it, waiting for their mother to bring them food. Some friends of hers were with her at the time. One of them pleaded with the woman to take the bird’s nest out first before she filled in the hole. Instead, she just plastered it in, covering up the baby birds and laughing as if it were a joke. The mother bird got back. The tiny creature scratched away at that spot for hours, struggling to get to her babies. The woman made fun of the bird, who must have felt grief as well as anxiety.
I knew this woman personally. She had been very nice to me ever since I’d known her, and she never would have bullied any human being. But she thought it was no big deal for an animal to suffer.
God views it differently. In Old Testament Law He even makes provision for the humane treatment of animals. In Leviticus 22:28, people are forbidden to slaughter both the cow and her calves in one day. Deuteronomy 22:6-7 says that if we take the eggs from a bird’s nest to eat, we must let the mother bird go. If we treat animals humanely, we prolong our days upon the earth. The inference is clear: Cruelty, even toward animals, shortens your days upon the earth.
Now if God is so concerned about animal welfare that He shortens the days of animal abusers, why shouldn’t he be even more furious with those who abuse other human beings made in His own image?
Right after her abuse of the bird the woman I spoke of began to suffer ill health. She got cancer and needed surgery for it. She lost her zest for life and didn’t enjoy going out with her friends anymore. And someone reminded her: “See? I told you you’d get paid back for being cruel to that little bird.”
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