The problem with kittens

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Kittens are cute, right?  I mean…who can resist a kitten?

They sneak, they pounce, they purr…and they’re just so cute and cuddly.

But there’s one glaring problem with kittens…they’re going to soon become cats.

Though it’s a longer discussion for another day, I could make a great theological argument why cats didn’t appear on the scene until after the Fall of man in Genesis 3 (j/k).  And for the record, cats are never mentioned in the Bible (not j/k).  Ever.

Why do I not like cats?

1. You don’t own a cat. A cat owns you.  Which is a problem.

2. They don’t come when you call.

3. One day they love you, and the next day they act like they don’t know you.

4. Claws. I’ve been scratched by many cats.  And it was in those moments that I wish I had claws so I could scratch those cats back.

5. Teeth. I’ve been bitten by a cat.  Not the best day of my life.

6. I’m allergic to cats. I realize that this final reason is specific to me, but it’s enough of a deal for me to include.

I can put up with a kitten.  All of the problems with cats above are small when the adult cat is just a kitten.

And the same thing could be said about our sin.  Our sin, when it first starts, is rather manageable.  Under control.  Not all that damaging.  “Acceptable” by you, and others.

But the problem is that, just like kittens, you can’t stop its growth.  It’s inevitable that a kitten will grow into a cat.

A little bit of pride grows into hate.

A second glance at a girl becomes a life-altering struggle with lust.

A “little” lie matures into a difficulty with telling the full truth.

A tiny anger problem grows into an uncontrollable temper.

A little unthankfulness grows into greed.

When you notice sin in your life, take care of it before it has the chance to grow.

But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. – James 1:14-15


Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

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  • Matt @ The Church of No People

    Great analogy. I think cats should always be used as an analogy for sin and evil! 😉 But you left out the fact that cat boxes are no good either. Can’t stand them.

    • Ben Reed

      Great point, Matt. Animals should go to the bathroom outside!