Yesterday marked the beginning of the season before lent/Pascha known as the Triodion.
The briefest of descriptions I can give of the story is: The Pharisee prayed loud and proud for all to hear. He was showing off how ‘holy’ he was because of his prayers and alms giving. Pharisees made a point of praying loud and giving loud. They were self-righteous, but contemptuous of others. They showed off how, ‘holy’ they were to their fellow pharisees and friends in the temple.
The publican on the other hand, knew that he was lower than everyone else. He was ‘in touch’ with his sin and approached God in prayer with a contrite and repentant heart. He was humble. He wanted to do better. He prayed quietly off in a corner so as not to draw attention to himself or disturb anyone else around him. His prayers were to God for his own benefit and not at all intended to bring glory or attention to himself.
Why are you a vegan? i ask because it seems that many vegans, at least many I have run into, are self-righteous about how they eat. They claim it is for the planet and for animals but the way they treat the people around them who are not vegan makes me question their true motives.
From cars, to shoes, to handbags, to clothes, jewelry, religion, food, etc. People LOVE to exalt themselves above other people… even if it is only in their own minds.
The following is an excerpt from the weekly bulletin my parish priest sends out to us:
Our virtue must not be contaminated with fault, but must be single-minded and blameless, and free from all that can bring reproach. What profit is there in fasting twice in the week, if your so doing serve only as a pretext for ignorance and vanity, and make you supercilious and haughty, and selfish? You tithe your possessions, and make a boast thereof: but you in another way provoke God’s anger, by condemning men generally on this account, and accusing others; and you are yourself puffed up, though not crowned by the divine decree for righteousness, but heap, on the contrary, praises upon yourself. “For I am not, he says, as the rest of mankind.” Moderate yourself, O Pharisee:” put a door to your tongue, and a lock.” You speak to God Who knows all things. Await the decree of the Judge.
Last week on social media, the vegans were trying to tell Christians (who are told by God through scripture it is ok to eat meat… it’s a GIFT from God!) that it is morally wrong to eat meat. Imagine the hubris it must take to tell someone you know better than God what is, or is not moral. Well, we actually see this happening in many areas in our society and not just the area of food.
My dear vegans… you are no one’s moral compass. You are not God. You do not know better than God what is best for people to eat.
When you claim veganism is a moral issue I have to agree although not for the reasons you might think. hen you claim to be vegan for morality’s sake but then threaten the lives of meat eaters, I have to wonder if your moral compass has a needle? How hypocritical it is to threaten the lives of people; a higher life form, over the lives of animals; a lesser life form. Animals are NOT people. People are NOT animals.
Perhaps it is time to take a step back and review your motives for being meat free. If it is a hollow attempt at making yourself feel superior to those around you, perhaps your motives need adjusting? Cow farts do not cause global warming, er… CLIMATE CHANGE so that can’t be it. If it is you’re information is outdated. If it is for health reasons there are many stories of ex-vegans finding renewed health and vitality eating meat. Check it out.
Eating meat heals the body. Our bodies were made to eat meat. Plants are for medicine. Too much medicine is unhealthy.
If you are eating a plant based diet, you could be doing more harm to yourself than good.
If you want more information you can always do your own research and look up ‘ex-vegan stories’ in the net. People are coming out and telling their experiences of going form vegan back to meat. They are experiencing healing eating meat. You can too.