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A DECLARATION OF PREPARATION AND RENEWAL FOR US AND FOR THE WHOLE WORLD: LENT FOR LIFE
By: Jan Fredericks, M.A., L.P.C.
God's Creatures Ministry

Whether you are Protestant, Catholic or Independent, Christians prepare in some way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, on Easter. Our focus is inward and outward to be better followers of our Lord. It is a time of repentance and renewal although each Sunday is often referred to as a mini-Easter. Surely, we should celebrate our new life in Christ and become more like Him every day as we look forward to that day when He will return for His own, including His animals! The Bible says that creation is groaning in labor pains waiting for the revelation of the children of God - hoping to be set free from slavery to corruption (see Romans 8:19-22). Jesus came to set the captive free and we are to extend His freedom to all.

We live in a self-serving culture of factory farming, experimentation, puppy mills, rodeos, bull fighting, dog fighting and racing, circuses, fishing and hunting (hunters in the Bible are considered to be rebels against God). After these animals are neglected, maimed, or abused, we leave them to suffer or dump them into the hands of a small percentage of caring people who are already overwhelmed. We have believed the lie that animals are here for us to use as we choose and overlook God's compassion on them. We will give an answer on how we've supported their suffering and how we've protected and cared for them.

We celebrate new life, Jesus' resurrection by eating animals (animals that suffered beyond our imagination) to fill our stomachs and satisfy our cravings for flesh. Pigs are treated as machinery in the multi-billion dollar agri-business of factory 'farming' so we can have 'pork', 'ham', or various sausages. Do we ever think about how much that pig suffered? Virtually all animals raised today live a life of horror being tortured, scalded (or boiled alive), debeaked, shoved into tiny cages or warehouses, force fed, starved, given hormones and antibiotics, beaten, dragged, and robbed of their babies (calves, chicks, piglets, etc.) to continue the life of horror all for THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL - MONEY.

In the beginning all life was created to be vegetarian. We were made in God's image, and our bodies were created to be vegetarian (see Genesis 1:26-31). Only after sin entered the world, did we begin to eat animals. The prophecy of pestilences, diseases through animals (cows, chickens, pigs, birds, insects, etc.), written in Luke 21:11 and Matthew 24:7, is a sign of the end of the age. We are seeing more diseases (those reported) these days through animals. God was not happy in Numbers 11 when His people wanted meat to eat - 'the Lord struck the people with a very severe plague' (vs 33). Greed for meat was dealt with. We know that it's not what enters our stomachs that defiles us, but the condition of our hearts. Surely factory farming is the ultimate of greed prevalent in our society. This industry takes precious grain away from starving people, depletes the environment with pollution and deforestation, exploits emigration workers, and causes immense pain and suffering to God's creatures which HE DEEPLY CARES FOR. We need to ask ourselves 'Why do I support cruelty?'

When we think of Easter we think of buying baby rabbits, chicks, and ducks to play with. They are often left to roam on their own (if they survive) or dumped at a shelter when they aren't wanted any more. We buy eggs to color and have Easter egg hunts. The hens that had these eggs are raised in tiny cages with crippled feet, after they had their beaks seared off. These shy animals live in filthy sheds filled with thousands of stacked cages. After living a horrible life for about 1-2 years producing hundreds of eggs later, the hens are packed into trucks and sent to slaughter, where they face machinery. Every day, one large chicken complex uses up to millions of gallons of water. It also produces approximately 100 -125 tons of manure. Some 'farms' discharge their waste into nearby rivers and streams. Yet these doomed hens have Motherly instincts to protect their young with their wings which Jesus used as an analogy to express His love for Jerusalem.

We often don't want to look with God's eyes at the suffering we cause and choose to continue to live out the traditions of men. The traditions of using animals for our pleasure. We also buy wool, and down for insulation, not knowing the suffering these animals are forced to endure. Fur is also the product of cruelty, (as we all should know), yet we buy it to look fashionable. God sees the sparrow and cares for it. He cares for the ox that works and gave laws for their owners to follow to give them a good life. All of the animals were created BY HIM and FOR HIM which He gave us to care for (Colossians 1:16; Genesis 1:26-31). Instead, we maim them, destroy them, exploit them and kill them. It's time to leave our ways behind and follow Jesus more closely as Peter did after he left his fishing to live for Him.

Beginning this Lenten Season and Resurrection Day and always, let's celebrate Jesus' redemption for the whole world by striving to treat all of His animals with respect. Let's live our lives for God by not supporting animal abuse that is behind every meat and dairy counter. Creation is waiting for YOU to repent and become the children of God Who has compassion on ALL He has made (Psalm 145:9). God is waiting for YOU to allow Him to live in you more fully and care for His animals. Only then, can we ask His blessings on our meals and our lives. Do we have the fruit of the Spirit of peace, patience, kindness and gentleness? It is long overdue to break the violence we literally have been putting into our lives. It's time to return to the life we were meant to live being made in His image. Someday a child will lead animals on God's holy mountain where 'the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord...' (Isaiah 11:9). Hopefully, Christians will have ears to hear and change their ways to follow God's way of compassion for all of His animals. We have a choice - either to forsake our selfish ways in supporting cruelty or to protect and care for God's creatures.

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
 

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God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals. Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God' (Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see Isaiah 11:5-9).


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