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Vegan Christianity

2006-08-01

Hebrews 5:11-6:3 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. 1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
Meat is for the mature, yet it is most unwelcome in most Christian circles today. Mention anything beyond basic salvation and love your neighbor, and it’s the old eye-roll and yawn. Or worse, open hostility for being so negative and divisive. Try and bring up discernment against false teachings or how to know when to judge and when not to, and you get the “deer in the headlights” look. Dare to discuss eternal security, the Rapture, how the NT church was meant to work, or Bible versions, and you’re pretty much shown the door. Name names when exposing false teachers, and you’re quickly introduced to the vegans’ “skeleton in the closet”— they’re cannibals! They’ll eat you at the next carry-in dinner.

Wanna see the gentle lambs violate all their own principles? Just take a firm stand against unbelievers or heretics. Keep speaking out in public instead of keeping the faith to yourself. Hold the vegans to the same standards they demand of you, and suddenly they smell blood in the water.

I don’t know about you, but I like meat, and I like it medium, neither raw nor burnt. I like my relationship with Jesus to be neither cold nor dry, neither spiritless nor spineless. I like my meat and potatoes warm but my ice cream cold. And I like some variety in meals.

What I’m saying is that Christianity is more than getting born, it’s living. It’s not being afraid to step out of the house, or out of the box. It’s being kind and gentle to the humble yet strong and unbending to the arrogant. Let’s stop trying to turn other believers into little clones, or demanding that all our food be the same temperature. There is a time and a place for everything.