To Those That Say People Must Not Eat Meat, That We are Obese and Sedentary –


To Those That Say People Must Not Eat Meat, That We are Obese and
Sedentary – I have this to say:

Diet is a product of social well being. If you are well educated, employed,
and have adequate resources at your disposal your diet, and the rest of
your life, will be different from people that are on both sides of the scale.
Those with more than you have will more than likely have a diet fret with
more frivolous and unhealthy components than your diet. Those with few
resources, or practically no resources, will have a meager diet composed
of the things available to them regardless of whether it is meat, fruit or
vegetable.

There are some among us that hardly eat at all because no food sources
exist for a “healthy” diet. Insects, worms, and uncultivated plants may be
their diet.

True that many people have sedentiary life styles and don’t eat what
they should to fit the model of a perfect diet according to the nutritionists
food group charts. So what, if the eat what they can afford, and out of
that group, what tastes good to them, what business is it of ours?

Who are we to dictate to others what they should do or not do?
Freedom is being able to make choices for yourselves and to enjoy
the results of your decisions, good or bad.

The blame for people having what some call bad eating habits lies in the
environment in which a person is raised. If a child is raised in a family
that has enjoyed freedom of choice and resources to enjoy that freedom,
they are going to eat what they like to eat for the most part. They might
eat salads and fresh vegetables to fill out their diet and they may not.

Education in proper nutrition as a reguirment in schools requiring a
passing grade for advancement to the next grade would be a great place
to start. But neither we, or government, has any right forcing people to
eat anything or in any way. It is not the business of government to
control a persons welfare. If a person chooses to eat a poor diet and is
aware of the possible bad effects, so be it. Let them eat as they choose.

But, obese people are a burden on our medical system. So what, so are
people that have heart, liver, lung, blood, brain and other problems. How
about alcoholics, drug addicts, and those with STBs? Or, is it that it makes
you uncomfortable looking at someone that is grossly overweight? Couldl
that be the problem with obese people. that they make those that have
no weight related problems uncomfortable; that obese people look gross
and disgusting, maybe?

If that is the case, then the ole problem of our having no tolerance for
people that do not fit into the model we have in our minds of how people
should look and take care of themselves. What if those obese people feel
that you are emaciated and sickeningly thin? You would say, WHAT, I eat
right and I am healthy by all standards available today. I am as healthy as
a horse. That, is only your view of you.

What if the obese person is screaming inside to be much thinner and has,
within their means, attempted to change what they eat and the amount
that they eat, have started taking more walks and becoming less sedentary?
Yet, after months of effort have met with little or no success in loss of
weight? Don’t you think they are sick and tired of being tired, obese,
clumsy, and whatever other problems they may have?

So eat what you want and live your life as you wish to live. Leave other
people alone to enjoy the same freedom. Do not criticize another until
you have walked in their shoes and know what their life includes and/or
excludes. Do not complain of how others look or act until you can see
how you look or act through their eyes.

As the old saying goes, people that live in glass houses should not
throw stones.

There is another saying that fits into this discussion. We are what we eat.
Are you an eggplant, a cabbage, or a peanut? Nope, like it or not, you are
meat.

God created man in his own image. Is God a vegetable? No, He is meat as
well.

Here is what Billy Graham has to say on eating meat.

“Q: Does God require us to follow the Old Testament laws about not eating
pork and other kinds of meat today?

A: The dietary laws for Israel recorded in Leviticus, chapter 11, which
include, for example, a prohibition against eating pork, were given for
specific religious and, perhaps, health reasons.

The New Testament, however, makes it clear that observation of these Old
Testament food laws for religious reasons is no longer required in the New
Testament era. Jesus Himself declared that all foods were “clean”
(Mark 7:17-23).

In Acts 10:9-16, Peter was informed by God through a vision that he was
not to reject the use of certain animals for food on a religious basis. The
apostle Paul also writes, “For everything God created is good, and nothing
is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is
consecrated by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4).

The Bible makes it clear that “the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating
and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”
(Romans 14:17).

There is no saving grace in either eating or not eating certain foods. We
are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; see Ephesians
2:8-10. This, of course, does not mean that all animals we use for food
are of equal value when it comes to our health.

Many people feel they can win God’s favor and have eternal life by
following the dietary laws of the Old Testament. But this is a misunder-
standing. You cannot save yourself—but Christ can, and He will as you
commit your life to Him by faith.

In summary, God is great, God is good, thank Thee for this food, Amen.
Let’s eat!

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