Why I became a vegetarian…
(Ko lee noodles with red cabbage, kale and cherry tomatoes and some Sainsbury's sweet potatoes soup)
After reading a blog post by the Vegan Nigerian I decided to share why I became a vegetarian. I became a Vegetarian on February 15th 2015! In this post I briefly outline what I have learnt thus far and pray that it inspires at least one person to leave the king’s meat (Daniel 1:8 KJV).
Health is wealth. One of the underlining factors of this neo liberal society is the emphasis on maintaining the external, ensuring you look your best. Although this is promoted the food practises of the masses suggest otherwise. With a rise in obesity and chronic illnesses (Hall, 2012) it is quite evident that eating better sounds like a nice idea but is not one that is put into practise fully. We tend to eat for pleasure rather than medicinal purposes, I for one try my upmost to combine the two but with more emphasis on the medicinal aspect of eating.
If the masses regarded their bodies as a sacred place then maybe many more would think twice before defiling their figures. If we began to see our bodies the way God sees them, then maybe we would not load ourselves with KFC: “Killing Folk Continually” – Jeremiah Davis, 2013. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corn 6:19 KJV). A temple is a place that must be kept holy, pure and where the spirit of the Lord would like to dwell. Likewise we must strive to keep our body in such manner.
We are not our own for we are living on borrowed time, were made with for a purpose and for the glory of God. “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:7 KJV). “Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV). Giving glory to the Lord doesn’t just entail the proclamation of his name; every aspect of our lives must do so including our food consumption habits. Therefore I decided to glorify the Lord with what I eat and drink.
About 10 days prior to becoming a vegetarian I partook in what is called a ‘Daniel fast’. This involved abstaining from seasoned foods, fish and meats. It is a great way to detox the mind and the body and encourages its participants to think of things heavenly and not so much on food (Colossians 3:2 KJV). The fast was a challenge, not because I was a meat eater but because I craved what I then regarded as pleasurable foods (foods with a high salt and sugar content). The concept of pleasurable foods is one that is quite ironic, these foods that are regarded as pleasurable cause harm to our health as well as the health of animals. I attended an event where I witnessed a talk on dairy hosted by Juliet Gellateley. She mentioned how the life expectancy of diary cows was reduced by fifteen year as a result of our greed! Though we grow as adults our communities have a childlike wail about them, and have become so used to the ‘’I want it now” syndrome. There is a growing obsession with instant gratification and due to this many industries are trying to keep up with our uncompromising demands.
A couple of months ago I had listen to a few sermons that discussed animals as being our fellow brethren on the earth. I recall listening to one by Randy Skeete whereby he illustrated we must not harm animals but rather love them, for they are also a part of the creation of God. Though God has given us dominion over animals that in no way means we must abuse this (Genesis 1: 28 & 9: 2-4)! Listening to such messages reconfirmed why I could not and should not eat the flesh of an animal, for in doing so I am promoting a corrupt industry, which is not Godly but gluttonous.
Some of these gluttonous food habits date back to the time of the Ancient Egypt. Contrary to belief, Ancient Egypt was a land choked with a voracious nature with a great appetite for flesh foods. Old Israel had adopted their ways and rejected the original food practices the Lord God had approved, “I have given every green herb for meat…” (Genesis 1:30 KJV) this being a plant based diet. God outlines why we should flee from certain foods, many modern health specialist are just re-establishing what the Lord God has said way back. “Flesh foods lead to disease”. “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”(Exodus 15: 26 KJV).
It can be noted that after the flood (Genesis 6-8) the Lord God allowed man to eat flesh foods but not all flesh foods, especially not in the same manner modern man does so today (Genesis 9: 3 &4 Leviticus 11 KJV). God condemns that which contained blood, in other words “If it aint kosher it’s not ‘kool.” “Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. (1st Samuel 14:33 KJV)
Did you know? That for dog fights; dog owners feed their dogs raw meat to add to their aggression.
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:17) The meat/ fish industry is extremely tarnished; through indulging in the foods of this sphere we are potentially defiling ourselves and therefore should scrutinize what we put in our bodies or at least attempt to.
I am aware that as a vegetarian I am still in some sense contributing to the promotion of the meat industry but it is not as much as when I was a meat eater. Although I have given myself the vegetarian label, eighty percent of the time I eat like a vegan. I do not eat eggs, yoghurts or drink milk but may eat foods that contain the latter. I gave up cheese but have had it last month (what a shame :( ) I definitely will be giving this up - God willing.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2 KJV). The Lord God wants us to be healthy. In selecting this type of diet there are many gains; your body is glorifying the Lord, it’s healthier and is lessening the cruelty being committed to animals. What you choose to digest doesn’t just have an impact on you but on others. What you chose to put on your plater is almost matter of life and death. Will you choose life?
Donald R. Hall, (2012) “The Vegetarian Advantage’’
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