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Feral Chihuahuas

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 12, 2014

RELIGION – In our country we hear of gangs and gang violence from time to time. Lost young men, usually without fathers in the home, seek the approval and affirmation from other young men and form a gang. This dynamic is fertile ground for all sorts of crime and abuse. Whole areas can be devastated and ran out of town due to fear from gangs. But in Phoenix they are having a gang problem of a different kind.

I read this week in World Magazine that wild packs of dogs are roaming the streets of a Phoenix neighborhood. This sounds pretty rough right?  The Maricopa County animal control says residents of the Maryvale neighborhood have reported a growing number of gangs of feral Chihuahuas yipping and nipping their way through city streets, terrorizing residents and turning sidewalks into minefields of excrement. You heard me right, the end is near as gangs of feral Chihuahuas run wild! Residents are especially worried because the roving dog pack has not only begun dividing into multiple groups of Chihuahuas, but the tiny terrors are also adopting larger stray dogs into the packs. Animal control officials report they received more than 6,000 calls last year for service—more than double the amount of calls for a nearby neighborhood of the same size.

Now we can laugh at this image, but the reality is that those little dogs can and are causing big trouble. As I read this article, I was reminded of a lesson that King Solomon wrote in the book Song of Songs 2:15 “Catch the foxes for us— the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—for our vineyards are in bloom.” Now in biblical times people who owned vineyards had to be careful about pests like foxes that would come into their gardens and ruin their produce. If a person didn’t put the proper defense around the vineyard, they could lose much financially. These pests were smart and you had to stay alert to them and their tricks.
Understand that in this passage, Solomon is telling us to eliminate the little pests that get in and ruin the vineyard. Here the direct application is marriage, but the principal holds true to all other areas of life.  The application is that you must be aware of the things that can cause damage to your life. What are those little things that can sneak into your life and cause damage? Is it stretching the truth, gossiping, complaining, coveting, and bitterness? Is it finances, sexual purity, your speech, your priorities, your lack of love for God, your slack involvement with church? If we stop and think of our weak areas, we can usually pinpoint where we need to use caution. Sometimes though, we think it is a small matter and no big deal. In Proverbs 6:27 Solomon shares this that “Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? “No, you play with fire and you let foxes roam in your life and you will find yourself in a much worse fate than being backed against as wall bay a pack of feral Chihuahuas. (I must be honest, I cannot tire of writing that, and this will be the name of my punk band “Phillip and The Feral Chihuahuas.”) So take care of it now, don’t wait until you suffer great lose.
I also recommend daily following the practice of David in Psalm 139:23-24 “ Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.  (24)  See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.” You heart will hide and conceal sin (Jer 17:9), so ask God for help to exposure who you truly are so that you may become who God truly wants you to be. “

Furthermore, this work or protecting yourself from little things ruining you never stops. If you’ve ever dealt with any type of pest invading your home or land, you know that they adapt. Once you set up one defense, they learn how to get in another way. The same is true with your life. You will never be done with the trials and temptations associated with seeking to live for God. You will always have new challenges once you deal with the former ones. But the beauty of the Christian life is that you never have to face them alone. You have Jesus, you should have Christian friends to love and pray for you and you should have a church to support you. So today, take some time and look for the little foxes that stand to ruin you.  Beware of fires that might already be burning, and of course be on the look for the roving gangs of feral Chihuahuas!
Thinking we should form an Edgefield County Task Force, before their coming invasion!

Pastor Phillip

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