Sharing the Pain
By John - 3 Mar 2011
I've reached much the same outlook as Mike these days.
For me the matter becomes complicated with 'wrath' in that sure, my 'Adam' nature would would find it deplorable in itself (but not entirely reprehensible) if the occasional vehicle taking serious animal abusers to or from work became subject to lethal paramilitary ambush every once in a while; or every day of the week, part of me could only care because of the inevitable creation of orphans and widows which would load the spiritual atmosphere of the world with huge suffering, regardless of any 'moral justification' on the part of the hypothetical terrorists.
That, and the concept of bloody human corpses (which is logically where effective action would probably lead) draping damaged vehicles just isn't what the animal rights movement has ever been about, despite our 'revenge fantasies' of which longing for the day that 'the last huntsman has been hung with the guts of the last vivisector' was one of the earliest examples of ALF rhethoric, highlighted by BBC critic David Henshaw, in his book Animal Warfare.
As Christians, we may have killed each other in two world wars for wearing different uniforms (a lot of the time) rather than being good or evil, in individual soul or deeds. In that sense, those of 'lesser moral calibre' than battlefield nationalists probably seem like fair game for 'Lord of the Rings' type battle against a bunch of 'irredeemable' Orcs!
I once saw a punk zine with the cover caption "In God we're trussed" and that seems to be true for Christians called to bear witness to suffering with our hands theologically-tied: at least insofar as implementing God's wrath is concerned. Maybe the 'remorsefully violent' who fought each other (and the 'remorsefully violent' who fought and killed all-but-inveterate-evil-doers) in major wars could meet their maker with a clear-conscience but I suspect there may be lessons in 'karma' which we cannot comprehend during earthly life. Either way . . . the world's a mess, it's not our fault and incarnation into lives which will often become evil through cultural conditions goes on, and on . . .
If we can't do much about it then to avoid despair, believers are free to return insurmountable problems to God. And if I may even refer to the last Rambo film (set in the murderous Burmese military regime) refuse to confuse our potential as activists with attempting to change "WHAT IS".
We're entitled to get martyred, I suppose and maybe human deaths would ignite the global media and powers that be, or maybe not.