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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.


Humane Farming of Animals? (Continued) – 9 July 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

After writing yesterday’s Blog about the oxymoron, “humane” commercial farming of animals, I thought about two passages of the Bible that relate to what I was trying to express: That lukewarm, half-way, “band aid” measures to improve the status of other animals leads to complacency and only prolongs the inherent abuse of the industry.

The first Bible passage, Revelation 3:14-16 is the one I also used in my Blog entitled “Flexitarian?” on 25 January 2006.

Revelation 3:14-16

14. ...These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.

15. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!

16. So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. [Emphasis mine]

~ New International Version

Then I thought about the Apostle Paul whose dedication allowed for no half-way measures. This passage, found in Acts 9:1-7, describes Paul before he became an Apostle. This passage makes it clear that Paul was anything but “lukewarm” about his mission to destroy early Christianity. Yet, on his way to Damascus, when Paul became a follower of Jesus, his dedication was used by God to spread Christianity.

Acts 9:1-6

1 Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3 And it came about that as he journeyed, he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

4 and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

5 And he said, “Who art Thou, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

6 but rise, and enter the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.”

~ New American Standard Bible

A wishy-washy approach (such as “humane” animal farming) to the problem of animal abuse only establishes the acceptance of lies and does not eliminate it. Change comes about when the truth is openly acknowledged. It is time that other animals receive legal rights.

Go on to: If Jesus Were on Earth Today – 10 July 2006
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