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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.


Free Will - 1 Mar 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Christians believe that God gave human beings free will, which is true, because we’re not programmed robots. We think for ourselves. With that free will comes responsibility. Unfortunately, most humans have traded their “free will” for a “free ride.”

God wants us to lovingly care for his creation. Instead, we wantonly exploit and destroy while justifying our violence by lying to ourselves and by placing blame.

Thankfully, there are some thoughtful people who care and who do their best to live responsibly, causing as little pain and suffering as possible. These people bring to mind the following passage from the Bible, where the Apostle Paul speaks of “…the revealing of the sons of God.” and “…the children of God.”

Romans 8:19-22

19. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons [and daughters] of God.

20. For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

21. that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

22. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

(New American Standard Bible)

Since Paul wrote this nearly 2,000 years ago, why is it so difficult for most Christians, who consider themselves to be “children of God,” to wake up to the fact that they aren’t behaving as God’s children. Instead of helping to free creation from its corruption, they add to the pain and suffering.

It’s time for Christians to wake up and become the loving and compassionate, peace-making children of God that we are called to be (Matthew 5:9), and begin to free the whole of creation from its present suffering.  

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