Christians don’t always respond well to vegans. There is an instant defense mechanism that seems to kick in whenever I tell one that we (Sometimes I, but for the most part, we) are eating vegan in the home. I tend to get the vibe that Christians feel that God intended for us to eat meat and therefore, this is NOT something they want to be a part of. Biblical references are always tossed out there.
Here is my personal place of reconciliation. Yes, God did provide quail for the Israelites in the wilderness. Yes, rabbinical law speaks clearly of how to handle animal foods. And yes, the New Testament speaks of slaughtering the fattened calf when the prodigal son returned home. And so many, many more examples. The Bible also clearly states that all foods are permissable.
So eating meat is not a spiritual problem. What my research has found is that the meat we eat now, the milk we drink, the eggs we cook with, etc…. have all been raised and fed very differently than what God intended. And THAT is the problem.
Cows used to eat grass and wander in fields. Now they are fed corn, which is toxic to them. But it fattens them. And they get stuck with hormones to further fatten them up. The same is true for all other animal products. From the fish we eat from “fish farms” to the cheese we buy at HEB. It has all been made “better” by our American way. Our gov’t so heavily supports the corn industry, there is no question why corn syrup is in everything. (And no, it is not just corn sugar. The process it goes through to make it in to high fructose corn sugar is so chemically laden, it is sad) There is also no question why our cows are fed corn. They were not meant to eat it. Go ahead, watch some of the food documentaries floating around out there. You will see! I am not making this stuff up! And if you want a list, start with Forks Over Knives. Then watch King Corn, Food, Inc, and SO many others!!
Well, there is my explanation. I DO believe God gave us animals to sustain us. But we were not meant to eat the portions we eat here in the US. We don’t consider it a meal unless something had a mama on the plate. And our animals were not meant to be fed and housed the way they are. I think that eating healthy animals in moderation is perfectly healthy! For our family, that means a few times a week. For me, none.
And THAT is how I, as a Christian, can swallow the fact that being vegan is contributing to the improvement of my disease, as well as many others.
And before you ask…yes, we still buy some animal products. The kids still love grilled cheese and egg in the holes. They like cheese on their pizza. When we are out to eat or at people’s houses, all 3 of the other Smiths eat whatever is served. But we don’t buy meat or cook it. And we don’t drink cow’s milk. We have completely switched to almond milk. The kids prob go for days eating vegan and don’t even know it. They are getting plenty of calories, plenty of protein, and LOTS of veggies, fruits, and nuts.
Please don’t judge us. I don’t judge you. Promise. And I never forget that no matter what I do or don’t do…I know who is in control. It is not my diet alone making me better. ;)