Many people turn away, refusing to look at any photos or videos
showing the horrific suffering of animals used for food or fur. They
also try to shield their children from seeing the reality behind those
animal products that are a part of their everyday life.
Instead of averting their eyes and becoming angry with the
messengers, they should ask themselves why they are reacting that way to
the truth. Perhaps God is trying to tell them something that they need
to acknowledge, and they are resisting. Besides, it is very likely that
the images of suffering will remain with them until they take positive
action: learning and changing. Instead of turning away from the truth
about the suffering of animals, they should turn away from the products
And what about the children? The shielding that parents do may only
make their children more curious; and when they find out the truth, they
may feel that they have been lied to by Mom and/or Dad.
In the Bible, Isaiah 11:6-9, Mark 10:13-16, and Luke 18:15-17 have
some very important messages about the way we should be living and
teaching the truth to our children.
Notice that “a little boy,” “the nursing child,” and “the weaned
child” are mentioned in Isaiah’s prophecy of the Peaceable Kingdom. In
the New Testament both Mark and Luke tell us not to “hinder” “the
children” “for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” To withhold
the truth from children also hinders them.