Living in Joy in an often Joyless World


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Living in Joy in an often Joyless World

Comments by Candy - 29 Jan 2006


I imagine that all of us who love animals are driven to despair at times by the callousness and cruelty of our fellow humans. The fact that most people--Christian or not--consider it axiomatic that human interests always take precedent over the most fundamental life and death concerns of animals adds further to the anguish and anger that I for one feel.

For me, Christian faith really is the answer, both in allowing me to trust in God's mercy and also in giving me the courage to persevere in this frequently discouraging effort to create a kinder and more compassionate society. I feel this is the work God intends for me. I remember there was a time when I wasn't a vegetarian and didn't want to confront the horror of my own complicity in the routine, ubiquitous cruelty inflicted upon animals. I trust that some of those who similarly resist vegetarianism and compassion today (and among my personal circle of family and friends, don't seem particularly impressed by my example) will some day have a change of heart. We are revolutionaries sowing the seeds of profound change that will bring the Kingdom to this world. For me, this is what it means to be a Christian soldier and I take solace in that conviction.

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