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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.


Where's the Beef? - 1 Apr 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

I was going through a pile of mail when this color photo caught my eye. It appeared on the front page of the March 23, 2006 Coxsackie-Athens Courier. As an introduction to this new weekly, free copies of this initial edition were sent out in our area.

In this photo, under the caption “Where’s The Beef,” two men are shown who “…help cook more than 240 roast beef dinners for the annual Spring Roast Beef Dinner at the United Methodist Church in Coxsackie [New York].”

Roasting Dead Animals
Photo by: Epigram Media Services

So, do I have a beef?  You bet I do!

Once again I was struck by the obvious disconnect that I wrote about in my March 30th Blog: 

Certainly, of all people, one would expect professing Christians to make the connection. It is absolutely mind-boggling when you think about it: Taking pride in the sale of the pieces of animals – and for what purpose? For the financial support of churches that proudly identify themselves with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! If this isn’t playing into the hands of satan, I don’t know what is! And can you imagine asking the Lord’s blessing on this abomination?! Isn’t this blasphemy?

When reciting The Lord’s Prayer, people mouth the words “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Since there is no eating of animal products in Heaven, how can we ask for the Lord’s will to be done on earth while we make no effort to stop the increasing, horrible exploitation of His creatures? Isn’t this hypocrisy?

Even if some people don’t want to believe the obvious – that farmed animals have emotions and feel pain just as companion animals (“pets”) do – isn’t it better to play it safe and err on the side of kindness and assume that they do suffer?

Let’s stop living in the concessions of God and start living in His intent, as clearly described in Genesis, Isaiah, and Revelation.


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