Thursday, July 30, 2009

To Veg or Not To Veg?

I'm considering becoming a vegetarian. I haven't totally committed to it yet because I'm having a hard time making the culture change. I'm a foodie, and love to cook. Depression set in when I realized how much my range of ingredients would be limited by this choice.

But I'm overwhelmed by the way my body has decided NO MORE. I'm not sure what NO MORE is, but I have been eliminating a lot of things right now to try and figure it out. Wheat, red meat, dairy, and lately, pork and poultry too. I'm also overwhelmed with the responsibility of ensuring that I'm a good steward of the Earth that our Creator entrusted us with. Do you think He would nod and smile at mutilated chickens crammed into a smelly barn, never to see the light of day, only to produce meat and eggs for us until they die?

I go around and around with this because I want to be healthy, and to feel good about what I eat. Some research indicates that we were meant to be omnivores, and need the nutrients we can find in animal products. Other research indicates that vegetarians are healthier.

I have no answers right now, only questions. A LOT of questions. When I asked the Lord what to do, He reminded me of this passage from Matthew 6:

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. [emphasis mine]

The part that jumped out at me was in verse 32. I don't want to run after the latest trends, or the most current research, spending all my time trying to figure out what I should be eating. I just want to respect God's creation, and care for my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit that it is. I guess this thing will have to be led by God, because it's too big for me to figure out.