Church silence promotes violence to humans, to animals, to our
environment, to our economy, to our education, to our finances, and to our health.
By: Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman
Hardly a day goes by when we don't hear for someone about how they've been hurt by the church because of the church's lack of compassion for God's other animals. Many of these people are looking for a compassionate church, as is LM who wrote:
I think it's great to challenge the Church in general to address the issue of stewardship of God's animals. The reason my family and I left our church was because of their outwardly denial to even look into the subject.
We are still looking for a church that includes animals in its circle of compassion. While I agree that a loving, respectful, non-confrontational approach might work better, I'm convinced that the congregation has the power to sometimes lead the leaders. I wonder if the Church realizes that it's losing members due to its silence and complacency when it comes to the suffering of animals.
For some reason, there seems to be a disconnect between the importance the church places on the saving of human souls, and the emotional pain and suffering that they cause to the very people they are trying to reach, because of their lack of compassion for God's other creatures. No one can truly love the Lord our God with all their heart, soul, and might, unless they also love the whole of God's creation, which includes all our fellow human beings, all the other animals, and the world in which we all live.
The church needs to wake up to these facts.
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