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Frank L. Hoffman Interviewed: What do we do to become unified as peacemakers of God? How do we act now?
Answer by Frank L. Hoffman - 23 May 2003
Dear Colin and Others:
You pose an extremely interesting and heart wrenching question, and one we've been wrestling with for many years.
Remember that the greatest Prince of Peace and promoter of loving relationships was so well received that they crucified Him, instead of changing their ways and following Him. And, these were the religious people and civic leaders of that day.
Think about the animal issue:
Mary and I have been trying to stop cruelty to animals for nearly 30 years, and we got very little attention until we started publishing the animal exploitation photos last September. www.all-creatures.org/anex/ Now people from all over the world look at hundreds of thousands of these photos and comments every week, and we're getting more positive comments than ever before.
The only way these atrocities will ever end is for all of us to stop eating and wearing animal parts as a witness against these extremely cruel industries, and spread the word to as many people as we can, so that we get a ground swell of people protesting what is happening to these innocent beings.
This is true, but think of how few vegan Christians we have in comparison to the total. What do you think it will take to make them change their ways of joyfully devouring the body parts of once living and feeling beings? I personally doubt it will ever come about through a loving approach because people, in general, are too selfish.
We know as an absolute fact that the SARS virus originated with food animals, because all corona viruses come from animals. We know that mad cow disease is from a food animal source. The number of reports of contaminated meat products is increasing every year. 50 years ago Listeria monocytogenes was only a vague reference in major medical books. Today it's the main cause of meat product recalls. Yet none of these have stopped people from eating animals. Why? Because millions of people in the affluent parts of the world are not dying from food-borne diseases every year.
I personally believe that the greatest threat to our health is not going to come from a terrorist attack, but from our farmed animal industry. People won't change because of a terrorist attack, they will only retaliate. But, when it's the result of their own actions...
Unfortunately global lifestyle changes will only come about from fear, because people reject love, in the same as they rejected Jesus.
This is a long way around saying that when enough people are maimed and have died from depleted uranium, public opinion will put an end to its use.
This is also a long way around answering the question of how do we unify Christians and others together into peacemaking children of God. I believe we can continually build upon the base we have by doing what were doing, but I doubt it will be a mass movement until million of people begin to drown in their self-indulgent effluent, and their fear brings them to the reality of our peaceful non-violent ways of living in harmony with the whole of creation.
In the Love of the Lord,
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