Sept 16 – The Barking Lion

"If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.” But not always. Visitors to a zoo in China got a big surprise when a “lion” started barking. Turns out it was no lion, but just a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog — which more closely resembles the king of the jungle than does perhaps any other domestic canine. Apparently, officials in a city zoo decided to make the switch and send the enclosure’s regular resident, an African lion, away to a breeding center When the Liu family went to to the zoo in People’s Park, their disappointed son said the lion was barking like a dog. The truth is that the only way to be a lion, or a dog or a duck, is to be born one. And similarly, since we are all born as sinners, we may talk and look like Christians, but the only way to become one is to be spiritually re-born. That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell