We really appreciate Red's candid comments about his compassion for animals and his continued desire to eat the flesh of some animals, for they express a root problem that we have in ending the atrocities committed upon farmed animals.
From Red's writing, we can see the inner struggle that goes on within a person's conscience; we see the age old conflict between good and evil, all of which Red recognizes. In 1 John 2:16, we are told that the three basic types of sin are the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. Red obviously has overcome the lust of the eyes when it comes to eating the flesh of animals, because he cannot stand to look at the cruelty involved and wants it to stop. Similarly, he does not seem to be caught up in a boastful pride of life, for he doesn't say, "I have a right to eat the flesh of animals." To the contrary, he simply says that he wants to eat animal flesh, or at least the flesh of chickens. This means that his inner struggle is between his compassion and the lust of his flesh.
We believe that this struggle is a common problem within today's society. We constantly hear people say, "Don't tell me! I don't want to know!", when we try to tell them about how cruelly farmed animals are treated. They obviously have a degree of compassion or it wouldn't bother them to hear about all the pain and suffering. So in some way they excuse it away by saying, "There's nothing I can so about it. That's just the way things are." And, they don't want to face the fact that they are directly contributing to the atrocities by supporting these animal exploitive industries with their money.
People need to be reminded over and over again that every time that they buy any animal products they are causing an animal to suffer, just as if they were doing it with their own hands.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary