Should Christians be Vegan?

Should Christians be Vegan?

I had just got back from Soul Burger in Randwick when I thought I would write this. It’s the first time I’ve ever gotten food from them, and I consider myself really lucky to be staying within walking distance of their store.

Soul Burger Menu
Soul Burger Menu

Soul Burger does 100% vegan food in your typical diner style burgers with classics in there like the cheeseburger, southern-fried chicken and pulled pork. All vegan using plant-based ingredients.

I got the El Capitan Burger from Soul Burger
I got the El Capitan Burger from Soul Burger

My wife and I are Christian’s, and we are on a two-month vegan diet trial at the moment, not for religious reasons but both for health reasons and exploring the concept of living a more meaningful life through what we eat. The question though, is as Christians, should we be vegan? I’ve heard a lot of arguments for and against it.

As a Christian though, to me, it really doesn’t matter. Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that you must eat vegan to be saved. It doesn’t even say you must eat vegetarian. In Mark 12 verses 29 to 31 Jesus sums up the most important concepts of the Bible. Love God and love your neighbour. In other words, love everyone. It doesn’t matter what they do or don’t eat.

If you go to the origins of meat eating according to the Bible, Genesis 1 verse 28 gives humanity dominion over the animal kingdom, but then in verses 29 and 30 it makes it clear that God created plants for us and animals to eat. It doesn’t say the animals were for us to eat.

Of course, then sin entered the world. Up until the flood though there isn’t an indication that animals are eaten, though it’s entirely possible since Abel was a shepherd. Post-flood in Genesis 9:3 God gives Noah and his family permission to begin eating animals, presumably the clean ones since there were extras of them on the ark.

So we were originally created to eat of the plant. There is an awful lot more I could go into on this, but at the end of the day, to me, it just isn’t an issue. Everyone is convicted differently though, and as I said, this isn’t a salvation issue, so if you feel convicted to be vegan, be vegan, if you don’t, don’t. Just don’t let dietary choices prevent you from loving God and loving everyone around you.

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Horseshoe Bay Kiosk – South West Rocks, NSW

We had dinner here last night. Unfortunately I was too hungry and completely forgot to take photos, but I thought I’d share our experience nevertheless.

My in-laws and my wife are loyal locals and always like to visit the Horseshoe Bay Kiosk whenever they go to South West Rocks. Every time they have tried to take me before though, the kiosk has been closed, but this time it was finally open and I can understand why they like to get food there.

We got burgers, chips, gravy and ice cream for dinner.

One thing to be aware of, especially if you order anything besides chips is that they don’t call orders out based on the number order. For example, we were 87, but they had gotten to 105 before they came back to us. The reason for this is that chips cook faster than burgers. That said, we were waiting about 45 minutes for our order which seems quite a while for a burger. As long as you are aware to expect a wait of that long though then you won’t have a problem. One way around it might be to order chips in one order and everything else in another – that way you at least get your chips earlier to start munching on!

That aside the burgers were pretty awesome. They were a decent size and tasted great.

I had the chicken burger and everyone else had hamburgers. They both had good chunks of meat on them and lots of salad. It took a bit to get our mouths around them, so in spite of the wait, it was worth while.

We were also pleased to find that the chips were fresh, they hadn’t been cooked straight away and left sitting while the burgers cooked, they were cooked later on to coincide with the burgers being ready. They were chunky chips and they went down well with the gravy, though the gravy was perhaps a bit too salty.

For dessert we had ice cream. The Horseshoe Bay Kiosk has a lot of ice cream choices – though unfortunately they had run out of a lot when we were getting dessert. It’s setup like a Baskin Robbins style, but based on Peters ice creams.