Cat and Dog Theology by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison is an unusual look at American Christians and their theology. Basically, there are those who are like dogs who serve the master; and others more like cats, who think they are the master. The authors nuance and develop the argument a lot more, but it works.
Cats, like the fastest horse at the end of a race, expect to be in the winner’s circle. They always relate to the major character; they never relate to the minor characters—those aren’t the famous ones. They want and expect life to be safe, soft, easy, comfortable, secure, and they expect to always come out on the top. They believe that’s just what God wants for all of us.
As an illustration, they point to the story of Job. Cats really love the story and identify with Job, being faithful, and having the blessings of God in the end. Sure he goes through hell on earth, but in the end he the one blessed.
But what about Job’s children? Were they not in the plan and purpose of God? What can we learn from them?
The tough question needs to be asked, Did God love Job’s kids as much as Job? The obvious answer is yes. Did God have a plan for their lives? Not as obvious, but the same answer still stands, yes.
The authors then point us to a convicting conclusion:
You see, Cats only focus on God’s blessing while on earth. “Where are the blessings in these seventy years that I’m alive?” they ask. Dogs realize that their lives can be in ruins for those seventy or so years, and eternity is where the Lord’s glory is greatly revealed in their lives. The apostle Paul writes, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all: (2 Corinthians 4:17). Therefore, relating to Job’s kids is just as viable as relating to Job. Are there lessons outside the winner’s circle in other passages?