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
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?