We've been thinking about what you said about washing away people's indifference to the suffering of animals and the people who care about them, as in the act of baptism.
When a person is born again, or reborn into the Spirit of God, he or she is supposed to have their sins washed away, and have their heart softened so that they feel the pain and suffering of the whole of creation. In this state of being, they would realize the consequences of their actions, and turn away from their former sinful nature, and seek to live in the heavenly will of our Father who is in heaven, as Jesus taught us to pray. Baptism is really supposed to be their confirmation of this as well as their faith. Unfortunately, we see little of the fruit of this supposed conversion; they seem to continue to go along with the corrupt ways of the world, particularly when it comes to causing other pain, suffering and grief.
This problem is compounded by the fact that most churches, pastors, and other religious leaders are caught up in the same problem, and don't see their disconnect from the heavenly will of God.
So, we agree with you, it's up to us to continually point out that "their king really doesn't have any clothes on", and that we see through their hypocrisy and lack of empathy.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary