“Have you noticed the woman who brings her dog to church,” somebody asked me.
“No,” I answered. I did not respond well to hearing the news. Much public news seems to center around”It’s all about me” people who do what they want with no concern for others. Besides that, a Christian church represents the body of Christ, a sacred location.
Then, a counter-thought came to mind. The Son of God sheltered among domestic animals (in their house), a vulnerable, but secure newborn. How can we not welcome a national monster now in the house of the Lord, his house. Yet, a problem may detract from such welcome.
As I understand it, the woman has aged to the point that she barely can come to worship at our church. The animal has become her strength, her source of courage about leaving her home for any purpose. She’s passed the point of reason about whether or not her puppy can go where she belongs. If the dog cannot go, then she will not.
After I heard about the girl and her dog, many church services have happened, yet I have not located her. Someone said that she arrives late, just before the start of the service, she sits at the last pew, and that she places the dog at her feet in order to stand and to clap her hands during the singing portions of the church service.
“From habit, the dog shakes itself only after she puts it in her feet,” someone said. “If you listen carefully, you might hear its small chain and tag rattle. Otherwise, you will not know, for the dog never makes a sound.”
Just as in any public place, in a restaurant, at the theater, at your kid’s school play, on a cruise ship, in an airplane, owners, supervisors, and members have permitted patrons’ animals. Some do this conditionally. Those animals admitted may not rattle a tiny chain and lay quietly in their owner’s feet. Society is becoming ever more political and outspoken, and does not seem to tolerate exceptions. Allow 1 wee puppy in church and the staff will risk a problem when dozens of puppies attend church with their owners.