I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some awesome vegans in the last couple of days. I was really wanting to understand veganism better.
I rarely eat meat or consume dairy, but a much more resolute position is coming about.
During our conversation (in Seattle, which is awesome) they explained to me that most the vegans they know are ethical vegans. Ethical meaning this: they care so much about animals that they do not want to harm one in any way. I listened and I understood.
One of them said something that really, I mean REALLY, stuck with me.
“I don’t want to contribute to that level of suffering.”
Since then, my mind has been constantly thinking and processing and crunching on resources for veganism. And for those who know me, know that I believe in Jesus Christ. Nothing has been weirder about this thought process than the horrible things I found written about Christian Vegans. Westboro-type pastors called Vegans modern day witches and heretics. How absolutely bizarre is that?
Anyway, I’ve reached a conclusion, I think.
I don’t want to contribute to that level of suffering either.
I still love Jesus.
I just figure this:
If I can have full sustenance without contributing to injustice (not just animals, but the big wigs that run farmers into poverty) and pain, why not?
If I can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce my risk for heart disease, high cholesterol and meat related illnesses, why not?
My inconvenience is pretty minimal compared to the good I’ll be doing for my body and for God’s entire creation. After a while, it won’t seem all that inconvenient.
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
There is no pain in Heaven. No suffering. No death.
What are your opinions on the subject?
Let me know in the comments.