The Fellowship of Life
It is a sad reflection on prevailing Christendom, when the
humanitarian advocacy of vegetarianism is usually met with a callous
dismissal from our churches.
At a time when reasoned and compassionate understanding of animals
and their interests is increasing in most areas of society, there are
still far too many Christians reaching for the Bible in an attempt to
justify needless bloodletting.
I would go further, and state that many of my fellow Christians are
attempting to pervert the course of much desperately needed justice!
From time to time, any tradition which is honest with itself, needs to
reflect upon its accepted standards:
Do we largely countenance and contribute to a widespread and very
real form of violence and oppression?
Is it counter-productive to evangelism, in the eyes of those
contemplating a spiritual path, when compassion and integrity appear
more consistent and widespread within other faiths and even secular
Can it not be said that a religion is largely meaningless, when love
is absent (I Corinthians: 13)?
I have little doubt that the above will provoke many, further
biblical quotes. I am more concerned about the motivation of those who
feel morally threatened by the concept of an awakened conscience, to
traditionally unheard cries of the innocent. If we are to be sincere as
heralds of a more peaceable age, then let's not resist a perfectly
practical, selfless and above all; beneficial spirit of change.
Our lifestyles contain the power to bring about healing or harm,
depending on the choices we make. In the last year, 850 million animal
lives were pitilessly taken in UK slaughterhouses.
We have played a sizeable part and to our shame, continue to do so.
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