“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20)
Just recently I received another e-mail “forward,” very passionately written, reminding us Americans to never forget the terrible Nazi Germany holocaust against the Jews.
Seems to me the prevailing sentiment in this country throughout the years has been to “look down our noses” at the Germans, believing we would never do something as terrible as mass, cruel, unthinkable genocide. Why did the German population allow the gassing of millions of Jews to go on and on? Why didn’t they do something to stop it?
Well, the situation under Hitler was complex in those years, and the reasons why the average German couldn’t do anything to stop the carnage were many. But, have we Americans really looked at ourselves?
The unending holocaust against the animal kingdom, in this country, is incredibly worse, lasting “forever,” and involving incredibly more individuals. Yet it is allowed to go on and on and on. Relentlessly. Similar to Germany, the situation is complex, and the U.S. citizenry, for the most part, is being fooled into thinking evil is good. The animal pain and suffering is unthinkably incredible, every second, every day. There are things we can do to help make the pain less, for fewer.
Don’t the nicely-wrapped meats in the supermarkets, the meaty menus in countless restaurants, the oh-so-popular leather sports shoes, the beautifully-done cookbooks, the television advertisements, and countless other stimuli the average U.S. citizen is regularly bombarded with send the powerful message that these practices are good? --are approved of? --- are what really matters? --- are the accepted way to do things? -- to live? And, the churches, for the most part, positively reinforce all that horrible carnage by not including animals in Christian concerns and by participating in animal exploitive lifestyles like almost everybody else. Don’t most people believe churches are “good?” Therefore, if churches are not practicing real animal welfare, it must be unimportant!!!
It is not true that any or all forms of animal exploitation and abuse are GOOD. All forms are evil and cruel. All God fearing Christians are incredibly needed to be visible, living examples of what is true, that real compassion includes each and every animal alive and yet to be born, and that we are to be kind caretakers and caregivers of species other than our own. All of us who care should be active in demonstrating to others, by the way we live our lives and make our choices, that there are ways to live happy, satisfying lives in which WE CAUSE HARM TO NO ONE, even indirectly. Christians, please stay busy.
Dr. Joyce The Caring Heart Copyright 2012
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