Giving Thanks and Being Blessed

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Giving Thanks and Being Blessed – 22 November 2007

“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have.” – Theodore H. White, American political writer (1915-1986)

Isaiah 5:20
20. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
~ New American Standard Bible

Thanksgiving Day is one of those times when not only is “evil” called “good,” but people actually thank God for it and expect to be blessed! The “dominant thinking” dictates that a turkey be the centerpiece of a ritual that is odious, to say the least – blasphemous is a better description, since the Creator’s blessings are invoked on one of those sentient beings who have been cruelly deprived of the life He intended.

Frank and I have “been there, done that”; but we thank God that years ago we opened our hearts to learn the truth and chose to change our ways and adopt a vegan lifestyle. This is not “self-righteousness.”

So, have a Happy Thanksgiving Day, and remember that only a vegan (no animal products) “Thanksgiving” can truly be called “Happy” and blessed by God. And if you don’t believe me about what brings a blessing from God, read the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-11. The treatment of turkeys is far from “merciful” or “gentle”; so how can anyone expect to be blessed for being complicit in this evil?

Genesis 1:29
29. Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
~ New American Standard Bible

Isaiah 51:7-9
7. “Listen to Me [God], you who know righteousness,
A people in whose heart is My [God’s] law;
Do not fear the reproach of man,
Neither be dismayed at their revilings.”
~ New American Standard Bible

James 4:17
17. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him [or her] it is sin.
~ New American Standard Bible

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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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.

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