God doesn’t want us — by us, I mean Christians — to be His lapdogs. I don’t believe He wants followers who wag their tails in His presence and have no thoughts in their brains. Yes, God expects loyalty, devotion, trust — qualities often found in a dog. But, He doesn’t desire an empty head. (Calm down, dog lovers — I know dogs have brains.) God creates Christians to think about and speak of Him with intelligence.
God calls us to excellence. He calls us to the wisdom that emerges from our awe (or fear) of the Lord.
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?” (Proverbs 1:22, ESV)