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
Lack of Compassion for God's Animals Causes Emotional Violence
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.
The intent of this series is to wake up and encourage the Church to greater works of love and compassion (John 14:12). It is not to condemn the Church, in general, or any individual, any more than Jesus condemned the woman caught in adultery. Jesus said to her, "...go your way. From now on sin no more." (John 8:11) And this is our message to the Church: Recognize our sins of the past and go forth seeking to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48), correcting the sins of the past, for that is the only way we can truly show the world that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, might, and mind, including the whole of creation, which includes our neighbors whom we are to love as ourselves.
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