Have you ever had something that you have said come back to bite you in the butt? Well, I had a spiritual chomp nip my butt last night.
Here I have been teaching and preaching that we should be reading and studying God’s Word for ourselves so that we know what God has to say about how we should live our lives – both spiritually and temporally. Well, I will be the first to say that I should follow my own advice!
I have been reading a book called Trim Healthy Mamas. It is about eating a healthy diet and about what makes up a healthy diet. It is written by two Christian sisters who use dietary truths they found in God’s Word to form a healthy diet plan.
In the beginning of the book, they advocate for eating meat, but no scriptures were given at that time to back up their comments. I admit to having been quite confused about the whole vegetarian vs. meat-eating conundrum. I have always looked to the set up in the Garden of Eden as the “ideal”. God gave Adam and Eve a veritable smorgasbord of vegetarian food sources – but meat was not on the menu.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold! I have given you every herb seeding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree seeding seed; to you it shall be for food.
Believe it or not, even the lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) bellied up to the salad bar.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the heavens, and to every creeper on the earth which has in it a living soul every green plant is for food;
In the Garden of Eden, toothpicks would only have been used to get out spinach stuck between the teeth, not steak.
I have never been all that crazy about eating meat. When my sons were teenagers, my husband had extremely high cholesterol, so I took advantage of the opportunity the situation presented to indulge in cooking vegetarian meals. Every time I put the dinner plates in front of my guys, they would poke around the food and ask “‘where’s the beef???”. They would then tell me that they were carnivores and thus needed to eat meat. Of course, I would reply using my ‘great’ store of biblical knowledge (cough-cough) that in fact, we were created to be vegetarians. To which my sons would reply, “Oh yeah? Then why do we have canine teeth?? HMM??!” I would immediately reply, “So that you can bite your celery and carrot sticks!”
It was along this line that I sent off an email to the authors of the book asking why they advocated for meat when God specifically said in Genesis that man was to eat his greens. Well, silly me had jumped the gun. If I had only continued to read the book I would have found the how and why to my question.
And this is where my own preaching about reading scripture jumped up and bit me in the butt. For you see, it never really occurred to me that God would have something to say, in His Word, to all those steak lovers out there. I have to admit, that I never really knew that God addressed the topic of a good BBQ, not just once, but a number of times!
Deu 14:4-6 These are the animals which you shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, the hart, and the gazelle, and the roe deer, and the wild goat, and the mountain goat, and the wild ox, and the mountain-sheep. And every animal that divides the hoof, and divides it into two hooves, and chews the cud among the animals, that you shall eat.
That’s a whole lotta bar-b-que!
1Ti 4:1-4 But the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, being seared in their own conscience,
forbidding to marry, saying to abstain from foods which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creation of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.
Hmmm – I guess from now on I had better be careful about trying to convince my family that tofukey is the way to go at Christmas!
Rom 14:2 One man has faith to take all things as food: another who is feeble in faith takes only green food.
Well, I am not ‘feeble in faith’, but I was uninformed. Not any longer. Look out all you four-footed, cloven-hoofed critters – I’ma sharpenin’ ma steak knives!
Just kidding. I prefer my ‘rabbit food’ but now I know that it is ok for me to enjoy the occasional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
But please don’t tell my kids. LOL
(The main aim of this post was to prove my point that we all need to know what the Word of God says – about everything, but if you learned a little something extra on the side – all the better)
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.