The Fellowship of Life
By Margaret Lawson
Too often the accusation of sentimentality is made against the animal
lover by the callous. It shows a lack of understanding for true concern
for animals, but it may be justified in the case of those who pamper and
overfeed their pets, as well as those who make distinctions between the
rights of pets and those of their fellow-creatures, ignoring the
injustices and cruelties which are perpetuated on them in the name of
food, clothes and medicine. True love embraces ALL creation.
Mrs. Innes, in her letter in the May issue, remarked that it is
difficult to know what can be done about mass cruelties. There certainly
can be no sudden wiping out of them, but a beginning can be made by
individuals, and especially Christians, refusing to live on the products
of cruelty and killing, at least where food and clothes are concerned.
This is only logical if our profession of faith is true.
By so doing we will do much more than we realise to advance God's
Kingdom on earth - we release more grain for the hungry, we show mercy
and justice to the animals, we help the environment, and we find a new
lifestyle for ourselves with less cooking and greasy washing- up, lower
fuel consumption, better health (therefore less need of the products of
the vivisection laboratory!), and clear consciences in the knowledge
that no human and no animal has suffered or died that we may live.
The Fellowship of Life was founded in 1973 to call Christians to have
done with killing and cruelty and practise a lifestyle which is
beneficial to all creation - including themselves. Already there is a
response, and "Lifestyle Sunday" (15th May) although it did not embrace
our high ideals, was a sign that the Church is awakening to its wider
responsibilities. It is hoped that in future years "Lifestyle Sunday"
will embrace, without preference or distinction, all creation, of which
we are all a part. Free literature is available to all who care to write
- help with postage is much appreciated where possible.
Life and Work magazine
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