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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.


“The More Things Change…” – 2 September 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

While scanning Frank’s sermon (originally delivered 13 September 1992) for today’s publication on our website, I was amazed at the scriptural passage from the prophet Hosea of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Let me explain: While reading Hosea 4:1-3, written nearly 2,800 years ago, I thought how “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That is – when it comes to the corrupt character of human beings.

Doesn’t Hosea’s prophetic description of the condition of the earth and its inhabitants parallel that of today?

1. Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel, For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land.

2. There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing, and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.

3. Therefore the land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky; And also the fish of the sea disappear. ~New American Standard Bible

In verse 3 above, notice how the animals, as well as the humans who are responsible for the earth’s degradation, are affected negatively.

Yet, very few today have the “guts” to tell it the way it is. With all the “talk” about the “environment” so-called “leaders” (like Al Gore, for example) won’t place blame where it belongs: on the animal exploiters, even when scientific proof testifies to the fact, as shown in the UN study.

Vegans may be labeled “extremists” by the ignorant; but remember, Hosea and even Jesus, were considered “extremists” in their day.

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