Prayer is our most powerful weapon against every assault that comes at us. Let’s face it: it was weapons of warfare that were “reformulated” for use in agriculture, and with names like Round Up, Ambush, Assail and Sniper, the war has just shifted from the jungles of Vietnam to crop fields all over the world. The underlying axiom is that soil is a non-living thing that can be used and used up, manipulated, and poisoned with no consequences. While there is some truth to that – the soil itself, the grains of rock and minerals are indeed non-living, the soil supports a rich panoply of life that coexists, a minute community of organisms that all function to support plants in every possible way, from earthworms that aerate the soil for roots and create humus from bio-waste to microbes that assist roots in water absorption. They are vital.
The practices of monoculture farming (that is, planting only one crop in an area and considering any other plant an intruder in that space), chemical use to kill insects and weeds in the planted area, and Genetically Meddling Obscenely with seeds (also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs) all consequently cause the eradication of soil life. Land becomes fallow, as if raped and left for dead, and we suffer because year after year we have more desserts and less lively soil to grow healthy food in.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Satan’s hand in this soil destruction is evident. His trademarks of greed, control, dishonesty and distortion or withholding of information that we, the victims of these war crimes are indeed entitled to, are clear evidence of his influence over the people and their corporations who perpetrate these crimes. Therefore, I call you to prayer, because Jesus said if two or more are on earth in agreement about anything we ask for, it will be done for us by His Father (Matthew 18:19).
Please share this with every praying person you know. I will post a French translation, please feel free to translate it into your native tongue as well as we get this prayer out. More prayers to follow. Thank you for joining and agreeing in prayer with me for the reclaiming and healing of our soil.
Prayer for Our Soil
Father God, you said in Genesis 2:7 that you formed us out of the soil, and so we pray
today for healing for our mother, the soil. We pray to return she that supports all life on earth back to the perfect state you created her to be in. You filled her with life and abundance, with life forms that are minuscule but no less important than other beings, each with a vital role you assigned in your infinite, unmatched wisdom.
Lord, she is under attack by the wicked and greedy members of our human family. We forgive the assailants in Jesus name and harbor no resentment against them. Nonetheless, we rebuke their evil plans that are clearly of Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy our soil.
We now reclaim the soil all over this world you created and the abundance Christ died for us to have, even through the gifts of abundant, healthy soil and the diverse, nutrient-rich plants that flourish in her. No weapon formed against her shall prosper.
Up until this point, I have been in the gardener’s equivalent of preschool. Success in pots on a highrise terrace with seedlings during a summer season or two were my first very large, crayon-scribbled attemtps to write my name.
Visions of multiple clever urban gardening installations both outside on my terrace and inside by that expanse of east oriented windows in my livingroom, like trash can potatoes and dwarf citrus trees 🍊and vertically inclined shelves of fresh herbs 🌱🌱🌱, they danced in my head, but my reality was much less inspiring. Nonetheless, like the simple days in Pre K where toddlers learn each vowel and consonant on its own, my five little terrace pots provided just the right amount of learning for my experience level. They would lead to bigger things in God’s good time.
Even my first gardening book was a children’s book. 📖Reading Molly’s Organic Farm by Carol Malnor to my children at bedtime taugh me about companion planting, beneficial insects🐝 and crop rotation among other things. I have since graduated. I am in big kid school now!
Currently Reading📚: Guerilla Gardening by David Tracey, on loan from the
Trinidad National Library System (NALIS)
🍅Currently Planting: Marvel Striped Heirloom Tomatoes and Sugar Daddy Snap Peas from seeds, and a tamarind tree sprout on a small patch in my backyard.
Current techniques in use🌴: Adding topsoil to plant on top of dense clay,
preparing my next spots by laying down a bed of food scraps interlaid with grass cuttings to proactively attract soil life and help nourish the future residents – more food crops and a patch of flowers. Also using Lune & Jardin, an app that helps you plan your gardening in relation to the phases of the moon.
Next 🌺phase plans: Expand vegetable patch, help the children create their own Friendship Garden 💚🌾and utilise items dumped in the back (old wooden boards, pvc pipe, a broken swing set and some kid’s forgotten homemade pushcart) to help create a lovely Faith Garden oasis for my little apartment complex community.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One is an ominous title, but it fits this very relevant, universal message. My friend, it’s time to get into the meat of things (pun intended). That narrow, hard road, that leads to life abundant according to His promise is so hard because we have trusted the wrong ones with the sacred duty of stewarding our world’s food.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the topic of food – 📚 I’ve been through numerous books plus countless Bible scriptures and documentaries – and one important paradigm constantly reveals itself throughout all the different narratives: trust.
You intrinsically want to trust your food. All of us do. We want to trust that marketers are being honest about what’s in the products in the supermarket and on the menu, that they are disclosing all details and using safe ingredients, inputs and methods for us. We want to trust our governments to protect us from those who might want to violate that trust when it means their bottom line will look better.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Only God
It would be nice if everyone were trustworthy, but as we know, the only one we can trust is Jehovah Jireh.
The prophet Ezekiel foretold the impending overthrow of Israel and Judah by Babylon. On day 3 of this devo, I gave you the link to our video illustrating his prophesy. I hope you watched it!
In chapter 4 of his book, he acts out the prophesy in a stunning performance. It’s interesting to recognized the Jesus blueprint, a sort of preview that God gives us in the Old Testament in Ezekiel. The Lord calls him “Son of Man” and puts four centuries of the sins of others on him. But in fact Ezekiel was a natural born man like you and I, and so the question of what he was supposed to do for food during this 15 month long performance piece needed a natural answer.
God knows what we need before we ask. He gave young Zeek a recipe (those of you who are a fan of Food for Life’s eponymous bread know this one well):
Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt; put them into one vessel and make bread of them for yourself. During the number of days you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it.
Ezekiel 4:9 NKJV
It’s all Ezekiel would need. No bacon-egg-and-cheese, coffee-light-n-sweet, two-doubles-with-everything-slight-pepper for breakfast. Just God’s recipe. My kidney donor team nutritionist recently explained to me that the combination of beans (beans and lentils) and grains (wheat, barley, millet and spelt) makes a perfect protein and contains a robust package of nutrients, minerals, calories and fiber. In God we trust.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Not Even Your Lawmakers
We need to be aware that we cannot blindly trust the food marketers and the lawmakers. While your intention is to get God’s standard of nourishment into your temple and your family, they are driven by money. The money compromises their integrity. This is how Schwan Corporation was able to convince members of congress to keep pizza on the school food menus in America by explaining that tomato paste is akin to a vegetable. 🍕=🍅??
This is also how they get the green light to propagate so many genetically engineered crops and ⚗☠ and use hundreds of chemicals in our food and personal hygiene products so freely. Keep yourself well informed about government food policies and the lack thereof where they are desperately needed. Inform yourself which agencies oversee it all. Find out hat laws exist and are being proposed (and by whom!) and the meanings of words and symbols on food.
For example, while there is a clear legal definition for “Organic” enforced by the USDA, there is no definition for “Natural” nor is there any restriction preventing this word’s use on any food label.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Verify by Scripture
The Ezekiel 4:9 bread recipe is comprised of six versions of God’s first provision for us – 🌾 herb that yields seed (Gen 1:11). We can trust that this, His first love gift to us, is GOOD. All caps GOOD! After He created it, He Himself proclaimed it GOOD. In fact, when He was done creating everything, he deemed the whole creation VERY GOOD, all inclusive. We can trust in that GOODness. (Refer back to Day 2 – Renew Your Mind)
🌱 We can trust that His process of seed, time and harvest is the only 100% reliable system for producing real food just as he established in Genesis 8:23, and that He doesn’t need the help of agricultural chemicals or genetic engineering to feed man and animal.
We can trust in the food He provided in its pure forms 🍒🍍🌽🍅🍆, but we cannot trust in what man manipulated and packaged 🍟🍔🍕. The more it is processed, the further it is from God’s original creation, and so the further it is from God’s trustworthiness. We cannot trust it.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – His Food Heals
Food is medicine, said Hippocrates. Yet our modern physicians receive minimal education, if any, on nutrition. This is inconsistent with God’s provision. What He provided us is both preventative (to sustain us, as in Genesis 1:29-30) and therapeutic (blessed by Him to take away sickness, as in Exodus 23:25) medicine for the body, including the mind. Good, Godly nourishment can turn the tide on ANY disease. Pharmaceutical medication can’t match food’s track record of healing. We can’t trust in the physicians and their staff. We can trust in ❤️💛💚Dr. Jesus, the real healer.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Next Steps
Now that you are seeing food so differently, it is time to apply your divinely inspired discernment. As you are learning, this is the narrow, hard road indeed! In urban areas especially, it can be expensive and time consuming just to find fresh, wholesome food. For those who aren’t well versed in food and cooking, preparing food from scratch can be challenging. Thrive Market is a great resource for organic and non-gmo foods, including some easy-to-prepare items. They offer those goods at much lower prices than supermarkets and ship direct to your door. Join and shop online! Also, thanks to the efforts of their CEO Gunnar Lovelace, some SNAP recipients can use their cards to get fresh, organic produce online. (Read about that here)
Also, be bold in your choice, no matter where you go. People may consider you rude or ungrateful when you decline the defiled, deceptive food they offer you at their homes or special events. In those circumstances, just remember Daniel in the first chapter. God had His front, and He will have yours too. Through Him, all things are possible!
We can’t trust in flesh. We can trust in God.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Scriptures and Video
You have decided against delicacies à la Daniel 1:8. You have taken the first step to reclaiming you health! In 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind, we are going to wage war on the devil’s favorite battlefield.
At this point, you are ready for a revolution in the way you think about everything pertaining to food, health, and your appearance.
In Romans 12:2, the Lord instructs us not to conform ourselves to the world but to renew our minds.
In this scripture, the Apostle Paul is instructing the Church of Rome not to conform themselves to the way of the world they were living in, which was to reject things of God, but to transform the way Jesus translated them to His Kingdom through salvation. It was not talking about food. Food wasn’t a thing of the world at the time – it was God’s provision that no one had to think that hard about.
A New World
Things have changed. Food is a function of worldly pursuits today in a way it never has been before. The food system is now commoditized, meaning that it’s primary purpose has shifted from being a source of life and nourishment available to all to a source of great financial gain for a few at the expense of many. It has become an incestuous institution in unholy union with the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. It has changed the landscape of human health and the environment worldwide in the form of epidemics and unprecedented disastrous circumstances. This is why we now need to apply this instruction to food.
The language we use to talk about food shapes all of our daily choices, which either finance this system in favor of the enemy or finance change for the better. Our food choices either prove that what the enemy has established can reign or they prove that perfect will of God. His will for us is long, abundant, healthy life. Let’s look at some of the ways we can renew our minds to that end.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind By Changing Your Language
I recently taught my daughter Ché not to say of any unhealthy things that they are “good”. What God said is good when He created the world in Genesis 1, none of the stuff that tries to masquerade as food these days qualifies for inclusion in that proclamation.
Further, many of us still hold on to the perceived “goodness” of such faux food, like some kind of cherished sin that we might allow ourselves to indulge in as a “treat”. If we have purposed in our hearts not to defile our bodies, our temples of the Holy Spirit, then we cannot continue to be double minded about those “foods” that pollute us inside.
I’ve trained myself and my children to eschew those things. Like “cookies, bad, ewwwww!! All that nasty sugar in there!” Over time you will be like the ex-smoker who is disgusted by the sight and smell of a cigarette: truly liberated and loving it!
The word meat originally referred to all food, any food, as in Genesis 1:29 in the KJV. It’s only in recent history we started to use it to refer exclusively to animal flesh. In Malachi instructed the Levite priests to bring all the tithes to the storehouse so there is meat in His house. in 1 Corinthians 3:2 Paul talked about first giving the parishioners milk then weaning them onto meat. In both of these scriptures, meat was a general term for that which nourishes. The point is that nourishment can be complete without animal flesh.
We have come to believe that animal-based foods are the best source of protein. We use the words “meat” (in the sense that indicates animal flesh) and “protein” interchangeably. This is a lie designed to keep us buying and consuming way more beef, poultry, pork and dairy industry products than we need for good health. In fact, many reputable studies have shown that at our level of consumption we put ourselves at greater risk cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic and autoimmune diseases than our counterparts in the world who eat very little of these (like 6-8 ounces a week if at all).
Having said all that, food is God’s creation. As such, our attempt to dissect it and distill it down to molecule parts to understand it is sheer hubris. Food is much too complex for that. There are so many other important vitamins, minerals and properties in each individual food. On top of that, we will never be able to truly understand how they all interact with each other in that food item, and how the combinations of foods that we eat interact with each other. We just need to stop and get back to basics. Focusing on just one food component is a tool of the enemy.
Our customary daily menu of milk/eggs/cheese every morning, meat and cheese at lunch, 6-8 ounces of meat at dinner and more than 50 grams of added sugar daily is actually over-consumption. It seems normal because that’s how everyone around you seems to be eating. TV families mimic and reinforce this notion, but here at 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind, we are going to shed some light.
God set’s many limitations in the book of Leviticus on what animals we should eat. Interestingly, he didn’t limit how much we should eat. When you consider that in those days, the average person only ate animal based foods or any kind of sweet baked goods at annual festivals, you see that He didn’t have to set limits. Only the most wealthy, mostly royalty, could eat those things frequently. There was no refrigeration for the rest of us to keep cut up carcasses, even if we could afford it. Notice that later on in the bible there are many cautions against gluttony being deceived into thinking delicacies are good to eat every day. We will cover a little later in this series.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Nugget#1 Did you know that there’s a difference between animal protein and plant protein?
People in poorer countries consume less animal based foods because they can’t buy them regularly, but as a result, they don’t suffer from the diseases we have here. When they do have adequate food that’s plant-based, they don’t suffer from food-related diseases. Plant protein is the hero there. It provides the same service as animal protein, but without the nasty side effects. This is a concept in which we can find real freedom in the renewing of our minds and lower grocery bills as well!
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Presents: Complete Protein, No Animals Harmed
In Ezekiel 4, God gives his prophet a bread recipe to sustain him through a rather difficult prophetic assignment. It is a six grain bread – wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt (verse 9). I learned from my kidney donor team nutritionist in a conversation completely unrelated to this scripture that the combination of beans and grains forms a complete protein. Microphone drop.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Nugget#2 Slim People Need This Too!
Here’s an interesting topic that gets overlooked a lot these days. There are many obese and overweight people who should be concerned about their health, but there are also many slim people who are left wondering how to put on and keep on healthy weight during a food life changeover. The first thing I counsel to my slim friend is this: you’re not too skinny, God does not make garbage, people’s eyes are just fat!
One third of all Americans is obese and at least 2/3 are at least overweight. In response, the media casts overweight actors on TV an in film, glorifying pleasant plumpness to show sensitivity to these numbers. As a result, we have all now been subjected to a shift in the perception of what a “normal” body size is. And now those of us who are naturally slender are told we are too skinny. We need to renew our minds.
The truth it is indeed possible to have the same metabolic problems and disease risk of an obese person while being skinny. It’s a phenomenon called “skinny-fat”. Feel free to look it up.
To answer the question, nonetheless, the simple answer is to skew your new food choices to more calorie dense but still nutritious foods. We will address this in depth in another article.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Nugget#3 The Source of The Messages Shapes Your Mind
There are a whole lot of ways to renew our minds to help our bodies, these are just a few. The important thing is that you make it your business to scrutinize all the messages you get for
Biblical accuracy and
The motive of the source.
Once you figure out where the message is coming from and whether it lines up with God’s word and His will for you, you can get into obedience and see your victory!
Renew your mind. Your body will thank you for it!
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I used my last $0.35 Tazo Chai Tea bag. I really like this organic tea, but my financial discipline is keeping me from buying it regularly. They say necessity is the mother of invention. During this time I’m cooling my heels in a cold, wintery New York City, to me tea is necessary. It’s warm, hydrating, and if it is made from good stuff, it can deliver nutrients and minerals of different kinds and be beneficial to your health.
Still had some nutmeg that my cousin brought me from Dominica last summer and a big branch of organic ginger.
I cut a piece of cheese cloth, grated those up, tied it all up into a little bag and set it to boil. I started with a large quart saucepan of water, and let it reduce to a little less than 1/3.
What you get:
Nutmeg is said to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.
Ginger is powerfully medicinal. It is good for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness. It is anti-inflamatory and can lower cholesterol. I could go on for days about ginger but if you’re reading this, I’ll bet you either know already how super a food ginger is, or you are inclined to go find out yourself ASAP!
You can add other things you have in the kitchen as you see fit: lemon zest, cinnamon (which combines with ginger to do some more super work in your bod!), whole clove or bay leaves.
Sweeten a cup of this delicious, aromatic, healing tea with half a teaspoon of stevia or enjoy unsweetened.
So you are considering going vegan now or have been vegan for a while and people in your church come at you with scriptural rebuttals for your choice. As any good Christian would, you want to know what the Holy Bible has to say about all of this. Here is a strong biblical case for veganism, a scriptural tour starting from day 3 of creation!
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The First Menu: Herbs & Grains, Fruits & Vegetables
Genesis 1 (KJV)
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
The scriptures start presenting a biblical case for veganism right from the beginning. On day three of creation, God empowers the earth He had just created to provide for the inhabitants He was planning to create. He next creates the sun and the moon, and then populates the infant planet with animals to inhabit the waters, the land and the skies. “And He saw that it was good” (Gen 1:24).
His next decision is to make man in His image to steward this world He has just carefully crafted and populated. He makes man and woman and instructs them to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth.
And then, He shows them their menu.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
“Check it out”, says the Lord, “Eden is a Vegan Paradise!” Let’s have a look at what’s on offer:
Herb yielding seed – In French, the word “herb” means grass. One bible version actually substitutes the word grass for herb. The word picture is a grass that has seeds. This would include the entire grain family – wheat, rice, even corn . They are tall, skinny “grasses” with seeds at the top. Also members of the onion family are grasses in their own right – just look at chives, and the tops of onions and garlic, how they grow straight, green, leafless shoots when the sit around in your kitchen a while.
Fruit of a tree yielding seed – some other versions say “fruit with seeds inside”. So that covers fruit, but it also covers a lot of other foods we have labeled vegetables. From a biological standpoint, the fruit of plant is the part that contains the seeds. So, for example, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes (you can now tell your friends “I told you so!”), okra and avocados are indeed fruits. Nuts are also considered fruit. They are dried up versions of the same biological plant part.
Every Green Herb – This covers all your leaves – lettuces, cabbages, greens, herbs.
Every Tree – And since He said He gave us “every tree” (except for just one, we find out a little later!), and put no prohibition on what we can and cannot use from that tree, we can include root vegetables, sap and syrup, and anything else we can get from a tree or a plant and use without adulterating or processing. What a huge bounty!
Notice that in this version, the most widely read version of The Holy Bible, He says “I have given every green herb FOR MEAT” (emphasis added). How’s that for a biblical case for veganism???? Put a pin in that thought right there.
Don’t Name your Food: Adam and his Animal Friends
Genesis 2 (NIV)
19Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
This is a cute but still strong biblical case for veganism verse. We know that one of Adam’s first jobs as Commissioner of Eden Gardens was to name all the animals. Anyone who has ever lived on a farm or read Charlotte’s Web can relate to the idea of NOT naming an animal that might end up on your dinner plate! So we can presume, since there is no scripture saying that Adam named any plants, that God took care of that, simply so the man could have a way to identify one from the other, perhaps. But God deliberately brings the land and air animals to Adam to name. And name them all he does.
After the Flood: Desperate Measures
Picture it: Genesis 6. The world is now populated, but the people are acting a real fool! God decides to wash it down and start over. He speaks to Noah.
Genesis 6 (NIV)
19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
Noah obeyed. God didn’t ask him to bring plant specimens with roots. Can you imagine Noah, perhpas with just the help of his sons, rooting around, rooting up a representative of every single plant? Building a greenhouse on the arc big enough to house all of them?
God does ask for the animals who, for the most part, could walk or creep onto the arc on their own under Noah’s authority. Remember, man has dominion over animals (Gen 1:28), so the expectation that they would obey was intrinsic, but also notice, he separately instructed Noah to store food. Here a biblical case for veganism exists. There were no extra animals to be slaughtered for food and no refrigeration or preserving methods for preserving leftovers.
It was after this point, in Genesis 9, that God ordains meat eating:
Genesis 9 (NIV)
2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands.3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
Wait, I thought we were establishing a biblical case for veganism. How do we explain this?
At the end of the flood period, in the last verse of Genesis 8, God restores “Seedtime and harvest”. In other words, God already made it in chapter 1, “and it was good”, so His design is still in function continuously. We, bound by time on earth, would have had to wait for the return of plant life in such volume that could support all of mankind once again. In the meantime, God said, you can eat the animals. (See our article: The Genesis Lifespan Shift:How Shortening Other Animal’s Lives Shortened Ours)
The New Covenant: Going Back to God’s Original Recipe
In ensuing chapters and books, we find that there are many restrictions placed on the eating of animals. There are no restrictions in the scriptures on the consumption of plants, in fact, plants are not only food, but medicine.
Revelation 22:2 (NIV)
… And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Also, a lot of the opportunity for meat consumption in the Old Testament came from animal sacrifice. The blood of the animal was used to cover up sins. But fortunately, since Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), came and died for us, animal sacrifice is no longer necessary for the believer. So we can live and let live, no longer do we need to kill for food or faith!
Finally, in Revelation 21:4, the Lord says that when the end comes, there will be no more death. So there will be no more animals slaughtered for food. We will all be vegan in heaven!
Better Stewardship of Our Planet: Abstain and Contribute
God gave us dominion in the beginning. As Uncle Ben says to Peter Parker “With great power comes great responsibility”. In other words, we are responsible for our planet and, in general, we have really dropped the ball!
In this modern time, we are learning that the scale of livestock farming and over-fishing worldwide is making the largest and most damaging impact on ecology everywhere, including greenhouse gas emissions, contaminating drinking water, abusive land use, pollution of land and oceans, the list goes on! (See the documentary Cowspiracy for a good overview).
So eating less meat, eggs and dairy, or none at all, can be your best contribution to the cause of saving the environment! Interestingly, its a contribution that actually costs you less money, because meat and fish are more expensive pound for pound than anything in the produce section (except perhaps white truffles, but that’s about it).
In the spirit of presenting a biblical case for veganism to strengthen this point, here are the 3 best supporting scriptures:
Genesis 2:15 (NIV) The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. In other words, we have been responsible for the well-being of the earth since creation.
Proverbs 12:10 (NIV) The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. The operating principles Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) completely contradict this scripture. That’s where most of the animal based food we buy comes from.
Isaiah 24:5 (NIV) The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. You may not personally consider yourself a polluter, but continuing to support animal agriculture on a daily basis kind of make you one. Nothing personal.
Becoming Plant Powered: Applying your Biblical Case for Veganism
Just like kicking any habit, you can either go cold turkey or take your time with it. One day a week, then two days, then three days, etc. Over time, you won’t even crave meat anymore, the smell won’t tempt you as much as when you were on a daily meat diet. Need a fix in those early days? Check the meat alternative section for something to hold you over. But beware: soy, being the most widely available plant protein, is used copiously in such products, so keep these to a minimum! Also, anything made to mimic cheese may actually contain milk-based ingredients so read labels carefully – all vegetarian items are not necessarily vegan!
Celebrating at an omnivorous relative’s house for dinner? Bring a few dishes along to contribute, and stick to those as much as you can. Otherwise, make that day the one day that month that you consume non-vegan food, and keep it clean the other 29 or 30 days.
Out and about shopping and running errands? Carry healthy snacks along – we keep sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, dried fruit and coconut shavings around and make mixed bags to carry on the run. Whole pieces of fruit are great too. That way you don’t get caught by a craving or actual hunger before you get home and end up having to make choices among processed food and meat options.
Also, beware of substituting sugar and starch for the meat you are not having. Interestingly, meat is a great way to deliver damaging free sugars and starch into the system. The good old hamburger is a classic example: the white flour bun and condiments like ketchup and barbecue are collaborators in health problems with the animal protein in the patty.
A Biblical Case for Veganism Case Study: Trust God – His Menu Was (and Is) Perfect
Daniel 1 (KJV)
15And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
All of the nutrients we are supposed to be relying upon meat for – protein, iron, fats… that’s about it, I believe – are found in numerous plant sources. Also, doctors have been documenting over at least the last 100 years that many of the illnesses that have become prevalent in humans today can be attributed in some way to meat consumption.
Think vegans are all skinny and weak and cold all the time? Check out Daniel 1 to read about what a teenaged vegan boss he turns out to be by obeying God in the school cafeteria at Babylon Community College.
We hear a lot of meat eaters claim to still be “hungry” after having eaten a meat free meal. That’s a mindset mostly that can easily be overcome by changing what you think and speak. After the meal, perhaps say instead “that was so filling” or simply “I’m good”. Remember Daniel.
Now that you have a thorough (but not exhaustive) biblical case for veganism, take a vegan challenge:
Do it for 2 months, even just 5 days a week. Get a check up and blood work done before you start, and then again at the end to see if there are any changes or improvements in your health. See how much better you feel overall in general.
Connect with seasoned vegans in your circle of friends (I’ll bet you have at least one!) for support, advice and well, of course, lunch! Share your newly found biblical case for veganism with them too.
Leave wiggle room. We still eat eggs and meat on occasion, like when we can get the eggs from a neighbor who raises truly free range chickens or perhaps when someone is cooking wild meat. But define “on occasion” in specific terms, like the first weekend of the month is common fowl omelette day, or no more than one wild meat fete in a two month period…
Any sustained effort at focussing on your food life with a discerning eye will benefit you. All the better if this is something you’re doing unto the Lord as an act of good stewardship of the temple, for we know the great benefits that come with that level of dedication. Again, Remember Daniel!
OK kids, you now have a strong biblical case for veganism!! Now Go VEGAN unto the LORD!
Copyright 2016 Rashida V. Serrant-Davis, The Really Nourish Movement. All Rights Reserved.
We are posting this on #TheReallyNourishMovement so we can easily retrieve and use this recipe. It’s a Genesis 1:29 bite! For now, since the Nutribullet (which we have been using as a mini food processor thank you very much!) is home in Trinidad, we may purchase the ingredients already ground up and do this by hand. We will share our results with you!
1 cup almonds
9 unpitted dates
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons golden flax seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup cranberries
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1. Process almonds, dates, and water in a blender or food processor. Add to medium sized bowl.
2. Process oats, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, goji berries, coconut flakes, and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Add to bowl.
3. Add golden flax seeds, maple syrup, and cinnamon to bowl. Mix together. (To get a good mixture I suggest using your hands to mix it up!)
4. Line a pyrex dish with parchment paper and mold mixture into small rectangles. Put dish in freezer for 15-20 minutes.
*To store, put granola bars in individual bags or wrap each with parchment paper and store in a container in the freezer. Full article here