The Least Among Us. . .
Happy Holy Week!
For those of us who are Christians, this week is the most important week of the year. Holy Week is the week immediately leading up to Easter, starting with Palm Sunday, and ending with Holy Saturday. I figured that for this week, I would take the opportunity to follow the lead of the Christian Vegetarian Society and the argument that eating vegan is the best way to care for the Earth and ourselves.
One of the main reasons that I think that it’s appropriate to be vegan, from a CHristian perspective, is from the Old Testament. Genesis 2:15 says pretty clearly that “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Of course factory farming is the best possible way to care for nature. . . isn’t it?
Wait, what’s that you say? Factory farming is terrible for the environment and cruel to the animals that are killed? Huh. Who knew?
Oh, right, every vegan ever knew. In fact, according to the CVA, “The typical meat eater’s diet can require up to 14 times more water and 20 times more energy than that of a vegetarian.”
Leave that aside, the rules of keeping kosher, according to Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the real drive behind keeping kosher is cleanliness and purity, all with the goal of getting closer to God. I think that keeping kosher is easy, when you cause no harm to the world. Right?
As for Jesus, I’m not sure that he would have eaten meat in modern western society. I know he did eat meat at the time, and if he lived in a third-world country, or in areas of the world where there is no other option. I think that he would have worked hard at caring for all living things, as he said in Matthew 25:40, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
At the end of the day, what else makes the world important other than taking care of what is important? These are just a few things about life that I wanted to discuss, especially as the week wears on. Now that Easter is coming, to say that I’m not a little excited about it, I’d be lying. And so, all of that taken into account, which part of the year is your favorite?
IF you would like more information, I would suggest you visit the Christian Vegetarian Association’s website.