Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - October 11, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Original Sin, part 48, on Faith part 2
  2. Nice Interfaith Video – 11 Minutes
  3. From the All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Original Sin, part 48: On Faith, part 2

Last week, I maintained that we cannot have peace in our hearts and in our communities as long as we countenance violence and injustice. Because it is easy to move the line between those who matter and those who do not matter, there is much truth in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dictum, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Unfortunately, human nature seems to favor tribalism, and the attractions of participating in the scapegoating process appear to be universal. It seems unrealistic to believe that it is possible to have a beloved community in a broad, universal sense. Yet, there are compelling reasons to seek such a community. Nuclear war, profound environmental disruption, and artificial intelligence (which threaten to render most humans economically irrelevant) threaten to undermine human civilization. Meanwhile, industrialized animal exploitation has already resulted in animal abuse at a much greater scale than at any other time in history.

Faced with such seemingly insurmountable challenges, it is tempting to focus on gratifying our senses, limiting our concern to close family and friends, and indulging ourselves extensively on diversions such as spectator sports and “reality” TV. It takes great faith to believe that dedicating ourselves to peace and justice is a worthwhile endeavor. This, I think it what faith is about. It is not about believing impossible things – such a faith can easily be manipulated by unscrupulous leaders to cause much harm. Rather, it is a conviction that the struggle for justice is worthwhile, regardless of outward appearances.

As Christians, we are not called to save the world. Our faith tells us that we are called to serve God. We don’t know which, if any, of our efforts will eventually assist the development of a universal beloved community. But, if our faith guides our lives, we must seek the kingdom (Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31). This is a profound and challenging faith, but it is what the world needs and what, I think, God wants.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. Nice Interfaith Video – 11 Minutes

“Anima: Animals. Faith. Compassion,” produced by the Guibord Center

3. From All-Creatures.org Ministry

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