People love their pets, and want to know what will happen after they die. The Bible provides an answer.
About two weeks ago I saw John at a riverboat party. The general mood was light, but he stood alone in the shadows, his face stained with dry tears. John and his wife, their children long out of the house, had been forced to put their beloved dog, Gracie, to sleep. I listened long and said little as he shared his heart, and soon the party was over. A few days later he approached me at another gathering.
“Mark, you are a minister, right?”
“Yes, I was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister.”
“Will Gracie go to heaven? I have heard both – some people say that she will, and others say that since she doesn’t have a soul, she won’t.”
He paused. There was silence as I considered my reply. John was still visibly distressed, and I had to be right, but I equivocated.
“Well, the bottom line is that no one knows for sure.”
John’s face fell.