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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.


Power Corrupts (Continued) – 27 October 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

When I was writing my recent Blogs on the Sermon on the Mount, I re-read Scriptures in which Jesus warns about temptations that befall humans, and I thought about the temptations that must accompany success in many endeavors.

Then I started to think about what are popularly called “mega churches” that have been in the news lately. Pastoring these huge congregations with members numbering in the thousands is quite a responsibility and a mixed blessing. This success may very well become a stumbling block, since human nature would dictate that this “success formula” must be kept in place. It is easy to see that spiritual growth that is not in accord with popular notions of spirituality might threaten this success.

An example might be the pastor’s decision to remain at the “safe” rung of the “compassion” ladder, when it comes to other animals. The “safe” rung would dictate that nothing be said to indicate that animals are meant to be much more than “pets” or food or entertainment.

In my opinion, a pastor who knows that there are hurting humans who feel marginalized because of their God-given sensitivity to the horrendous plight of other animals, and who refuses to openly address the truth, has succumbed to the corruption of power. In the timelessness of eternity, such a pastor is trading a second’s worth of power and prestige for unending regret.

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