In reference to Karen - 27 May 2012
Thank you for your post. As a Christian who is evangelical, and attends a fundamental church, I too feel lonely at times. Therefore, I appreciate hearing from you.
I am in agreement with your concern that you love the taste of meat. The sight yesterday of somebody eating a hamburger prompted me to want to eat the same thing. The very thought of the taste tuna makes my mouth water. This occurs, six years after I last ate red meat and 4 1/2 years after switching to a vegan diet. The craving for meat continues, in a manner that is addictive.
Perhaps the one factor that provides with the the willpower to avoid the temptation to eat meat or dairy is the knowledge of how the animals are treated. The abominable treatment that the animals receive, and the pain that they are subject to, makes me avoid the consumption of animal products. I would be eating pain and death. Being exposed to videos and images of animals in even “humane” farming conditions, makes me stop from eating meat or dairy. Like the topic of this thread itself, I too experience grief when I think of the animals.
Where we differ, is that I am somewhat liberal in my politics and economics. While I am doubtful about anthropogenic climate change, I am frightened by the damage that humans are causing to God’s creation. Our church makes almost no mention of environmental issues. The implied – but never stated - reason for the lack of concern about the environment in their belief that the saved will be raptured out of here before things get really bad. Therefore, for someone to state a concern for the long-term health of the environment is to doubt one of the most staunchly defended doctrines of the church. However, the real reason for the lack of concern about the environment is the number of people in the church membership who are involved, directly or indirectly, in employment that is related to animal agriculture. I simply dare not mention the huge environmental damage caused by the animal industry. Driving less, switching to solar and utilizing energy efficient light bulbs are good, however, these measures are little more than “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” compared to the wastefulness of animal-base foods.
Thanks again for your post.