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Lukewarm – 2 March 2008

In The Revelation to John of the Bible, the Lord says of the church in Laodicea: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked….” (Revelation 3:15-17)

I think of this Bible passage and the word “lukewarm” when I hear wishy-washy excuses for staying complacent or taking “band aid” measures to alleviate the enormous suffering of humans and nonhumans in a deteriorating world.

Such lukewarm, wishy-washy, wimpy pronouncements from those who know better but resist positive change include: everything in moderation, flexitarian, ovo-lacto vegetarian, piscitarian, humane animal products, natural, cage free – ad nauseam. And with the environment such a hot issue, we are also bombarded with “light bulb changing” advice.

Few people want to admit that everyone would win by going vegan: more food would be available for humans, the enormous suffering of billions of “food” animals would cease, and the environment would begin to heal.

Instead, tons of excrement from farmed animals pollutes this blood-soaked earth and forests are cleared in order to raise more animals. There’s no end in sight to this vicious cycle. After all, who wants to be labeled “extreme”? Right?

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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