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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.


A Little Child Shall Lead Them – 18 November 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Sometimes when I feel that the situation for bringing back the God-given right for other animals to live as He intended is hopeless, I am re-energized by thinking of the thousands of children, some still in elementary school, who email us daily to thank us for our website. Here they see for themselves the truth: the horrific exploitation of the animals – the round the clock cruelty and suffering that goes on openly, as well as behind closed doors. These children are grateful that someone is finally exposing the hypocrisy rampant in the world. Many of them tell us that they are tired of being lied to.

God has given all of us a sensitivity that we learn to suppress as we are influenced by those around us. A good illustration of this appeared in a National Geographic Magazine several years ago: a photo showed a mother and her children in a pig-slaughtering scene. You couldn’t mistake the look of horror on the children’s faces as the mother collected the blood from the bleeding, squealing pig.

God has given all children the sensitivity to feel compassion and empathy. It is the hardness of heart in our society that desensitizes these young people to the suffering going on in the world. Thankfully, many of our youth see through the hypocrisy going on around them, and they rally to the truth with a desire to make this a more loving, compassionate, and peaceful world.

In Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Peaceable Kingdom, he describes how the animals will all live together in peace – “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb…” and he says that “…a little child shall lead them.” (my emphasis) (Isaiah 11:6)

And in the New Testament, Jesus says “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

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