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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.


Turning Away From The Truth – 13 July 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Many people turn away, refusing to look at any photos or videos showing the horrific suffering of animals used for food or fur. They also try to shield their children from seeing the reality behind those animal products that are a part of their everyday life.

Instead of averting their eyes and becoming angry with the messengers, they should ask themselves why they are reacting that way to the truth. Perhaps God is trying to tell them something that they need to acknowledge, and they are resisting. Besides, it is very likely that the images of suffering will remain with them until they take positive action: learning and changing. Instead of turning away from the truth about the suffering of animals, they should turn away from the products of suffering.

And what about the children? The shielding that parents do may only make their children more curious; and when they find out the truth, they may feel that they have been lied to by Mom and/or Dad.

In the Bible, Isaiah 11:6-9, Mark 10:13-16, and Luke 18:15-17 have some very important messages about the way we should be living and teaching the truth to our children.

Notice that “a little boy,” “the nursing child,” and “the weaned child” are mentioned in Isaiah’s prophecy of the Peaceable Kingdom. In the New Testament both Mark and Luke tell us not to “hinder” “the children” “for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” To withhold the truth from children also hinders them.

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