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
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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