Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast.
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Could grocery store meat, eggs, and dairy qualify as food 'Sacrificed to idols' (Revelation 2:20)? The majority of chickens, cows, and pigs live in tough circumstances. They die even tougher. Abused animals are headed for our tables, and the chemicals they receive enter us.
Beginning with growth hormones---now thought to contribute to the early onset of puberty in girls as young as seven.
Because of their diet and living conditions, mega-farmed animals are prone to illness. So we give them drugs. 'Currently 70 percent of all antibiotics produced go into our livestock' (Hartford Advocate). As a result, consumers eat a steady diet of second-hand drugs.
Scientists warn us that deadly bacteria become resistant to familiar drugs. Because we've been eating tiny drug doses for a period of years, bad bugs learn to survive. Consequently, when suffering people are in greatest need of strong medicine, some antibiotics won't work anymore.
In addition to the dangers of hormones and antibiotics, consider the poison called arsenic. 'It turns out that arsenic has routinely been fed to poultry (and sometimes hogs) because it reduces infections and makes flesh an appetizing shade of pink' (Nicholas Kristof, NY Times 2012).
Farm animals have become meat sacrificed to the idol of money. Why else would ranchers and food manufacturers mistreat God's creatures and subsequently His people?
For most of us, eating right includes meat. Nothing fills us longer, provides protein better, or maintains our blood sugar with more stability. God gave us dominion over the animals, but He expects us to treat them with respect.
Whenever possible, buy organic or kosher meat, dairy, and eggs--and be kind to animals. When we follow God's rules, everyone wins.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.