My Take on Why Christians Often Shoot the Messenger

Andrew Linzey

Reverend Andrew Linzey

Before I comment, I want to share my facebook friend Carol Williams’ words:

So, there was a very long comment thread on a post by one of my vegan friends in a Christian group on here over the past couple of days and it got very nasty at times. The reactions to any suggestion that people who care about the earth (God’s creation) and who are seeking to live by the law of Love, should actually consider – seriously – going vegan, have been very hostile. Beyond belief really.

Each time the topic is raised, tempers and insults fly. I try to keep my cool, and only post facts, and not stoop to the level of personal insult that some seem to favour, but it always feels like I am in the pillory – hated and vilified for caring about how we treat the other creatures of earth, and wanting their suffering to end – as I wish all suffering that humans have control over, to end. What is so very wrong and bad and awful about such a desire?

Finally the post got reported to the Admins, who have now asked for no more comments on it, otherwise it will need to be deleted. This happens so often. Once – in a Unitarian group – the whole topic of veganism was banned for a while. Ridiculous! People defending, tooth and nail, their ‘right’ to demand the slaughter of animals for their dinners, their ‘entitlement’ to the flavours and textures they are used to – no matter what terrible suffering is involved in the procurement of them. Christians – stewards of God’s creation – viciously defending their right to participate in the shedding of animal blood, the emptying of the oceans and the pollution of the atmosphere. I can scarcely comprehend the enormity of this profound, spiritual sickness.

My response?

I am astounded and appalled. I think that it’s sometimes the defensiveness of actually having to confront not being the loving people they see themselves as, and then shooting the messenger who might shatter their illusions. Pride is the problem.

There is also the sickening idea that we are somehow lords over the earth and can do as we please with God’s creation.

No, we are called to be stewards, not reckless plunderers who don’t give a damn about the health of the planet or its people or the unnecessary cruelty and slaughter of God’s animals simply for our pleasure, tradition, or taste buds.

The one who I feel truly embraces the Christian message of love and mercy is Reverend Andrew Linzey:

“Animals are God’s creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God’s sight. … Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God’s absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering.”

More on this remarkable man here.


Posted on November 25, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on iliketowritewhatithink and commented:
    ” Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5, v 11.


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