Independence Day, Part One

I have reblogged many posts from this wonderful blog. The words Kathy shares are amazing because I feel so in alignment with them. The fact that we both are passionate about animal welfare, and share a similar theology is nothing short of a miracle! I hope you enjoy all these articles. They are priceless.

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“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Luke 6:36

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As you read this short article and contemplate what is happening, ask yourself  “what is the Holy Spirit saying?” about this.  Watching the video is optional; I no longer can watch them myself, I’ve seen the footage before and know what it contains.

In pondering America’s Independence Day celebration July 4th, I thought about another kind of Independence Day, the one Jesus gave us.  But, in looking around at the state of the world, and as is depicted in this article, we aren’t yet free from evil influence.  Animals, especially, are not free from tyranny.

Jesus did die to “set the captives free.”  And until He comes back the second time, we are to partner with Him to bring about freedom from autocracy on earth, for…

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Who Is The Enemy In Animal Welfare?

This is such an important subject–the idea that God does not orchestrate evil, but is working to redeem creation so that His kingdom will be on earth as it is in heaven. Great article.

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Animal welfarists get angry, and rightly so. Some may not carry out their advocacy in a loving manner. Many blame the perpetrators calling them the enemy. The truth is, God’s people need to begin showing welfarists the correct example of stewardship and dominion, teaching who the enemy really is (Ephesians 6:10-20), getting in the trenches with them in their fight against the tyranny toward God’s creation. 

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Revolting Against Evil

Important insights about how to deal with evil in this world, including evil done to animals.

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“Far from supposing that things like diseases and deformities were part of a great divine plan or that they glorified God, Jesus revealed God’s will and glorified God by coming against these things! Jesus ministry was not about helping people accept the world as it is—as though it now reflected God’s will. His ministry was about helping people resist the world as it now is—in order to bring about God’s good will.”
~Greg Boyd, ReKnew.org, Resisting Evil

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As a Christian animal welfarist I believe that a good deal of the reason Christians are resistant to change and are apathetic toward animal suffering has a lot to do with the subject of this and other recent posts on ReKnew.org.

When we can (not an exhaustive list):

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Shepherding all God’s Creatures blog

We at Jesus Vegans are very much in alignment with the goals of this blog, Shepherding All God’s Creatures. I highly recommend following it and reading it….

“We are Disciples of Jesus who love His animal kingdom!  I, Kathy, started a Spiritual venture a few years ago that has led me to this blog endeavor, when one day I was awakened to the industrializa…”

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Wesleyan Church adopted a support for creation care

“The Wesleyan Church believes it is time for Christians to take the lead in ensuring that the beauty and majesty of God’s creation are sustained. We believe that these efforts will help ensure the protection and health of future generations, will be a blessing to peoples all around the world (especially the poor), will improve our witness to a watching world, and most of all, will express our love and worship for our Creator, Redeemer and Friend.”

 

This is so encouraging. I have never heard of the Wesleyan Church. Learn more about their resolution here: https://www.wesleyan.org/236/a-wesleyan-view-of-creation-care

Fasting, Prayer, and Praise!

Let us use the spiritual practices to become stronger in our faith and our connection to God. Fasting and prayer are two essential practices mentioned in this post.

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Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:  ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!’” (Revelation 5 v 13)

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Today is the day we are fasting and praying for one meal!

Praise God, all creatures great and small!

Andrew Linzey wrote in his book, “Creatures of the Same God” that “we need a Church that will publicly repent of it’s blindness and folly about animals, and especially it’s complicity in animal abuse and cruelty.  God needs that Church and the animals need that Church.  But it will not come without the work of many hands and much sacrificial effort, as well as the abundance of God’s grace.”

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