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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.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – 19 January 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

In my Blog “Heroes of Positive Change” I wrote, among other things:

It seems as though most people who have tried to make the world a better place for others have opened themselves up for lots of criticism and hatred, as well as praise and love. Martin Luther King was no exception.

Tomorrow’s inauguration of Barack Obama as our President is the culmination of what Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other people worked so hard to achieve at a time when, to some, it would have seemed an impossibility that one day the occupants of the White House would not be “white.”

The social change that Martin Luther King championed is similar to the uphill battle that we have been waging for many years. This gives us hope that the day is not far off when people will admit the truth: that nonhuman animals have a God-given right to lives of their own and that humans, who were given stewardship over them – to care for them – have instead gone against the Creator’s original intent.

We believe that the day will come when the present horrendously cruel exploitation of non-human animals will end. But meanwhile, we must work to expose the truth until the “tipping point” is reached and animal exploiters are seen as the outcasts of society.

And we also have a dream like Isaiah’s prophecy of the Peaceable Kingdom where humans and other animals will no longer hurt or destroy because we will all be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. requires a lot more than having a holiday named after him. It requires us to be the peacemaking children of God that Jesus commanded us to be for the whole of creation: our fellow human beings, the other animals, and the environment in which we all live.

Also visit: Heroes of Positive Change 

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