Let’s talk about veganism. Today I’m sharing why I’ve considered it, but why I haven’t become a vegan. I have two sweet friends that have really made me think about it in the past few months, Ellie and Emilie, but I’ve come to the conclusion that veganism isn’t for me. But I also know that God commanded us to care for the earth. Please forgive me if this is not as well informed as it should be.
I’m actually sharing just a personal opinion here and truth from God’s Word which has directed my decision thus far. Thank you for understanding!
I’m thankful for WIAW and being able to share these thoughts and stories without food judgment and with understanding listening ears from you all. 🙂 Thank you Jenn and Arman and Laura always for the link-up. I’m linking up with Amanda to ‘Think Out Loud‘ too and all the other bloggers!
Here’s what God commanded His children in the very first part of the beginning of the world. In Genesis 1:28 He gave a beautiful, great commission to man. ‘And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’
Yet at the same time, God told Peter in Acts 10:11-16, ‘And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.’
And other places in the Bible, God speaks through His holy men, moved of the Holy Ghost, about eating meat, so it wasn’t expressly forbidden.
Eating meat is not unlawful, but… I am also torn by how unethical and cruel many of the methods of harvesting meat are in the U.S.
However, this is a bigger principle that has governed my decision to continue eating meat.
1. I love the family that God has given me, and right now I don’t see a clear leading from the Lord to abstain from meat. Right now, the less I focus on eating and foods (micro-focusing on diet, etc…), the better for my mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
2. However, I do want to make an effort, by God’s grace, to only be mindful of finding and buying meat that is sourced in a way that is not: cruel or inhumane. We have found way to do this as a family, and I’m grateful for that. It can be a really good way to support Christian farmers.
Ok, so I didn’t want to make a big deal about why I’m not doing veganism, but I just wanted to share that little tidbit.
Who knows? If God’s plan leads me to veganism one day, I will do it. :o) Yet, a way of eating is actually not what defines me.
What does define me?
So… this gets me SO excited just thinking about it.
Jesus Christ came down to earth. He came down in the form of man. He was the God man, God in the flesh. He walked among people. He healed people. He loved people. He preached the gospel. And He died on a tree, a cruel death, by the hands of us, sinners, men and women who did not love Him, despite the fact that He had done nothing wrong.
Yet He rose again.
He rose triumphant o’er the grave, victorious to save.
We were reading the Christmas story, and I wanted to share this from Matthew.
Matthew 2:9-11, ‘When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.’
Is it not incredible that men from a far away country who hadn’t even probably read the prophecies concerning Jesus were taken there by God, and when they saw Him, they knew Him. And they fell down and worshipped the Lord of the Universe, though He appeared so humble.
Jesus Christ is the most amazing fact of history ever, and the fact that we get to celebrate Jesus Christ and worship Him for eternity is without doubt, the best thing that has happened ever.
Ok…. so, in light of preparing for one of the best holidays in the world, what have I been eating lately? This is ‘mostly’ what I ate:
Yesterday’s Food Ventures included:
Post Run Snack: The delicious blessing of a cute little Ocho bar. 🙂 (Split with my sister!)
Epic Lunch Bowl: A BIG heap of Greek Yogurt, a Rawxies Mint Chocolate Chip Bar, more peanut butter, and half a JUICY pair.
Grocery Shopping Trip Drink: Time to go get all the things for GINGERBREAD house making and… we even got a tree. 🙂
Quick Pre-Baking Snack: The girls were making the Gingerbread house, and I made some MUDDY BUDDIES.
Who loves muddy buddies as much as I do?
DINNER: We are doing ‘taco tuesday’ or ‘taco salad tuesday’ every week, and so this was my little mound on a paper plate. Aren’t you so thankful for paper plates when a lot of baking dishes are already in the sink?
And this verse:
Don’t forget why Jesus Christ came. With everything that is going on in the world, the heartache, and the pain, and the suffering, that is why Jesus Christ came.
‘For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.’ (John 3:17)
It is hard to see the pain and the hurt, and I know that only Jesus Christ can heal and save. Please pray for those who are struggling, those who are in danger this Christmas in:
and so many other countries where Christmas can be one of the most dangerous holidays in the world for Christians.
Please pray. Just pray. God Almighty cares, and He has compassion on the orphan, the widow, the broken, the hurting.
‘Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;’ (Exodus 4:6)
‘But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.’ (Psalm 86:15)
And if God puts it on your heart to want to help those who are hurting and in need this Christmas here are some links to ministries of people I have met, spoken with, or know personally, and know that they are spreading the hope and the love of Jesus Christ to people all around the world.
1. International Christian Concern – They help persecuted Christians, especially those who are in danger during the Christmas season.
2. Open Doors USA – Brother Andrew, a man of God, and a man who had such a heart and fire in his soul to share the Good News of Christ started this ministry to help those in need in other countries.
3. Mission to Myanmar – They work specifically in Myanmar, and this year they were able to raise money for them to have Christmas parties for 200-300 people.
4. Christian Aid Mission – This ministry is constantly connecting with local indigenous people in countries and supporting their work, which I think is one of the best ways to reach the people who live there.
And that is all! 🙂 I’m hoping to share an EPIC, if the Lord wills, FRENCH toast recipe that will hopefully ‘knock your socks off’ on Thursday evening so stay tuned.
It will include:
and possibly … CHOCOLATE.
Along with that baking I have a final baking list that I wanted to share just in case you need more sugar in your house:
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars (Laura always makes me drool with her chocolate peanut butter creations. Ok, I don’t quite drool, but close.)
Now let’s ask you:
Have you considered veganism if you are someone in recovery? Would it become restrictive for you?
If you’re a vegan, what led you to get into veganism? I would love to hear your story.
Is the joy of Christ in Christmas filling you this year? How do you stay focused on Jesus even with everything that is happening in the world?
Favorite foods this week?
What are you still baking for Christmas?