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Thought for Today – 2 October 2008

Today, being Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as well as World Farm Animals Day, I’ve chosen the following quotation:

“It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion toward our fellow creatures.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948)
Hindu pacifist, spiritual leader

I have heard that Gandhi was treated so rudely in a Christian church that he later said that, except for the Christians, he might have become one.

As a Christian I can imagine how it must grieve our Lord Jesus when those who claim to be His followers treat others poorly. Another example of this rude behavior is the way those who care about nonhuman animals are marginalized and mocked in many churches.

Perhaps those who are so sure that they are “saved” would do well to read their Bibles, particularly Matthew 7:21-23 and Philippians 2:12.

In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus says:

21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'

23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

In Philippians 2:12-13, the Apostle Paul says:

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

For more quotations by Mahatma Gandhi, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/quotes/gandhi_mohandas.html 

For a large collection of quotations, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/quote.html 

Also, be sure to visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20081002-2.html 
 


"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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