When The World Goes Crazy
I saw a disturbing thing on social media today. In fact, it bordered something close to insanity, if not full on mental illness, in my opinion. A group of people were holding some type of memorial or funeral service in a grocery store for turkeys.
I’m sorry, but that seems like a level of craziness that should not exist within an intelligent society. But, we live in a society where, sadly, people treat insanity like a trend. Something they are proud of. Don’t speak out. Don’t stop them. They have rights and should be allowed to be just as crazy as they’d like to be, no matter what.
That’s the disturbing world we live in.
Now, first of all, let me say that I get it. Some places that raise meat for food can have practices that are way past sketchy. In fact, I question any meat that is purchased from a mass produced venue such as a grocery store, especially the canned sort.
You can take a look at any poultry section and plainly see that almost all the chicken legs and thighs are the exact same size. For anyone like me who has raised chickens in the past, that automatically sends up a red flag. How are they accomplishing that? I honestly would rather not know.
Disturbing Trends That Aren’t Biblical
Even the idea of a memorial or funeral service for a meat animal is disturbing to me. I know that not everyone realizes that God gave us not only dominion over all the animals on earth, but also made them meat for us, as we see in Genesis 9:3 – Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you;
Not everyone has yet come to the saving grace that Jesus paid for on the cross of Calvary, either.
Harvard Medical School touts the need for animal fat in our diet. According to them, the body needs animal fat to absorb vitamins and minerals into the body. If we don’t absorb them, that means they don’t get used by our bodies, which can result in malnutrition. We also use animal fat as a source of energy. More importantly though, animal fat is used to build cell walls and the sheaths that surround our nerves. We even have to have it for our blood to clot properly!
See, God knew all of this. He created us, and the ultimate user’s guide for how we are to live IS the Word of God. That’s why he tells us to eat meat, herbs, grain, fish, eggs and so much more. The important thing to remember, though, is moderation.
Eating is what keeps us alive, but gluttony (over eating) is a sin. There’s a reason for that.
I Love My Pets, But…
I love my pets! I’ll be the first to admit that they are like members of my family. However, I can’t remember any instances in the Bible where animals are given the same importance as human life. Of course, I’m no Bible scholar, so there’s definitely a chance I could be wrong, but I’m just saying I’ve never seen it as of yet.
In fact, I see just the opposite. I see that we are given dominion over all the animals and that animals are to be used for food. I see that animals are to be used for work. But nowhere have I seen in the Word of God, any context that they have the same value as human life.
I am empathetic by nature and some of the videos that are so often shared on social media cut me to the heart. I’ll gladly admit that. Invoking the suffering of any animal is just uncalled for.
However, if I had the means and resources, I would gladly – and humanely – raise and slaughter my own meat animals. There is a right way and a wrong way to do just about everything.
It’s Not Just Meat
These days, it seems the more I learn about true nutrition, the more I frown upon our food system. It’s obvious that the meat industry is up to something, it’s obvious in other places as well.
For instance, I think it’s interesting that we didn’t seem to have a gluten problem until mass production of bread was initiated. Maybe it isn’t the gluten at all, but rather the sugars, the chemicals, the preservatives and all the other things added to bread to make it shelf-stable. Has anyone even considered that? Or is the “gluten free” industry making too much money to offer up other possibilities?
And don’t even get me started on boxed mixes and foods! I try not to even use them at all. The chemicals, dyes and ingredients that I can’t pronounce steer me away from them. In fact, when looking at labels in the grocery store, I look for items that will be expiring the soonest. Why? Because that means they aren’t laden with preservatives that have no place in anyone’s body.
A food that will last for a long time on the shelf or in the fridge is just one that has been processed to pieces. I highly doubt there’s any nutritional value at all. And many foods add sugar, when no sugar is even needed. Never mind that sugar can have a very detrimental effect on the brain and body. If you were to add up your combined sugar intake for the day, and yes, you have to include drinks, you might find it staggeringly over abundant in your diet!
On the other hand, you MUST beware of artificial sweeteners as well. They are also a chemical compositions and can do more harm than good to our bodies. That could be a whole blog post on its own, but I invite you to study it out.
I don’t know, maybe I’m overthinking it. It’s just that I do my best to live my life according to the Word. We could all take certain Scriptures out and apply them to something particular and say, “but the Bible says this”. That’s not what I’m talking about.
I study my Bible. Jesus said He did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it. We have to study the entire thing to see the whole picture about some topics, while others more easily stand alone. But, such is the reason for having hundreds of thousands of different denominations. I would love to know the exact Truth about the Word and what it means, and I study and pray for that to happen. Until then, I have to live according to what He has revealed to me thus far.
And I’m afraid it doesn’t include taking part in or condoning turkey funerals.