James Kemp, a retired United Methodist pastor, compares Horton to the early Christians to whom the First Epistle of Peter was addressed. Like those early Christians, Horton faces persecution and ridicule for his actions, but Horton is faithful to his mission and is rewarded, as evidenced by the elephant-bird that hatches at the end of the book. (James Kemp, The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2004. pp. 1–6)
Bill and Glad Forward, a devoted couple married for 50 years, shows us what love and faithfulness look like. “I’m not interested in ‘what’s in this for me?’” Bill said in an interview. “Everything is ‘what’s in this for Glad?’ At the end of the day, I’ll say, ‘sweetie, I’m here’, and she’ll say ‘Oh, my Will’! And to me, that’s it. That’s enough. That I’m her anchor in the midst of all of this. We’ve had such a lovely life, we really have. Not easy, but so varied, so interesting. I wouldn't change it for a bit. I don’t feel the least bit burdened by the fact that from the moment she wakes up to the moment I put her to bed she’s dependent on me. Idon’t find that a burden, that’s a privilege. I just love who she is. She’s my soul mate. She’s always been and still is, and will always be.” Watch the What Is Love? video here.