The greater roadrunner is common in the Southwest. I love to have them around my house, because they will eat a lot of the venomous desert denizens I don’t want around my house. So all you spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and rattle snakes out there, take note. Trespassers of this nature will be eaten.
Notice the strong beak. It would be unwise to allow one close enough to stab at you with this weapon of choice. But except for very large prey they normally don’t stab, instead they will pick up the victim and beat him to death against a rock.
I also dislike having them around my house because they are opportunistic enough to eat lizards, baby birds, and even unwary full sized animals. I like our lizards, I also like our birds, rabbits, and maybe even the groundhogs. (But not whichever one left the big hole in the middle of the lawn this week.)
Are you noticing a trend here? We humans are prone to like whatever meets our purposes. On the other hand we dislike what we feel is working against us. I suppose it is fair when discussing animals, but it’s not so fair when talking about people.
In the family of God we have to walk a fine line. We are to accept one another including our weaknesses, but while identifying sin. We are to encourage one another to growth and good works, but while avoiding hypocrisy or becoming judgmental.
It is a fine line, and line we will fall off of on a regular basis. But don’t give up the effort, it’s in our effort to walk the fine lines of faith that we find the deeper walk with Christ.
Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice. Romans 15:5-6 (HCSB)