Vegetarian

October 30, 2013 — 4 Comments

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin – Romans 14:20-23

Hmmm….

This passage says so much. Every sentence in scripture is so good, isn’t it? In the first part of this passage it seems like he’s saying not to let food or drink be the cause of anyone’s downfall. So if a friend struggles with alcohol, don’t pour them a glass in your house or choose to meet them in bar. At least that’s how I read it. And isn’t it interesting that meat is mentioned? But then he says to let your belief about it stay between you and God. Does that mean I shouldn’t write about my thoughts on this :)? But the most interesting part of this passage to me is the end. Because it reveals how personal our relationships with God truly are, even down to what we eat.

I lived as a vegetarian for over 3 years and it was the healthiest I’ve ever felt. Since I started eating meat again it’s been a struggle for me because it never really agreed with my conscious. And just like when I eat sugar, or drink caffeine or alcohol I have doubts and feel as if I have sinned. Well, according to my understanding of this passage it’s because I am sinning.

There are many reasons I believe I am  supposed to let go of meat. The industry is awful and doesn’t align with my lifestyle of love. I’ll spare you the videos (except this one), but if you would like more info you can message me. Also, the chemicals and hormones that are pumped into the animals are awful for them and us, we end up consuming it all. And don’t worry, there are plenty of ways that vegetarians and vegans can get enough protein.

Clarence is a meat lover and I would never take that love away from him. But he is open to trying vegetarian cuisine as long as it’s tasty. What are your thoughts on eating meat?

love-lezlie

4 responses to Vegetarian

  1. 
    Lady Acquaah-Arhin October 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Though i am not a big meat eater, I have never formally made a commitment to vegetarianism. I know that in my bursts of non-meat eating I realize how much more time it takes for meal preparation and when you have a busy week that can be a struggle, however I have also found that my most creative meals also come to me during these times. As I have gotten older I can tell how much my body responds to food and how it is truly fuel … gone are the days of the 2am Jack in the Box runs, and they are not missed. I have developed a love for eating healthy and also finding ways to satisfy my sweet tooth with alternate health conscious recipes. .

    I appreciate the scripture you posted and this will be something for me to think about and meditate on some more. What works for one person is not what works for all. I have found that creativity and presentation is key when preparing meals, especially for a husband who loves meat!

  2. 

    Well, I’m in Exodus right now and there’s a lot of meat eating going around in that part of Scripture, as well as meat sacrifice and God defining the portion of meat that is supposed to be given to the priests, so I’m ok with it 🙂

  3. 

    Hey lady, keep sharing those sweet alternative recipes please :D. I am finding something similar with making creative meals without meat. It’s such a staple for meals, especially dinner. Creativity and taste really do seem to keys <3.

  4. 

    Ahhh yes, Exodus, lots of meat and sacrifice :)! I recently read this passage in Isaiah and it paints such a peaceful picture of our future <3, "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."

Love.

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