“WHERE’S THE BEEF?”
Many of us are meat eaters simply because we like meat. We eat beef…and fish…and chicken…and bacon…and turkey…and pork skins…and pork chops…and sardines…etc. etc. And while some of us may not be considered “Animal Lovers” (except those broiled, grilled or fried), we are not “Animal Haters” (we oppose “Dog fighting, Animal abuse, cruelty, etc.).
We also realize that animals (especially dogs and cats) make great pets and are loved (sometimes like a child) by many, many of us…which is a good thing for those of us who have them and for the pets we love. There are plenty of us who can relate to the story/parable that Nathan told David about “the poor man had nothing, except one little EWE LAMB which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with that. him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and IT WAS LIKE A DAUGHTER TO HIM” (2 Sam. 12:3). So we recognize that we can love our pets much like we do our children in some cases and that folks can actually get themselves “hurt” for mistreating our pets. We believe in animal shelters, animal rights (whatever that is) and so forth and so on.
But, according to our understanding of the Bible, the animals, fish and fowl that God created were created for the benefit of “man” and they can and should be eaten and enjoyed by those of us who want to eat meat. (Whether we should kill animals “just for sport” is another matter that someone else can deal with, but we believe that killing to eat or eating what is killed is a good thing since we enjoy eating meat.)
We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that it is fine to eat “meat” …whether it is hamburger, ham, or halibut (look it up). And we believe that teaching people that it is Biblically wrong to eat a bunch of baloney is… a bunch of “baloney!”
In this short article we will not take the time deal with what the Bible says about the animal sacrifices that were killed and eaten, the “quail” that God sent to children of Israel, Jesus feeding fish to thousands, and the numerous other times people “enjoyed” eating meat with God’s sanction, approval and oftentimes with Him directly providing it. But here are just a few things to consider.
1. The three heavenly messengers (one being none other than the Lord Himself) who appeared to Abraham as “three men” ate some “beef.”
And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. 8 So he took butter and milk and THE CALF which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as THEY ATE. (Gen. 18:7-8).
2. In Luke 15:23 the father ordered some “beef” to eat when he wanted to celebrate.
And bring the fatted CALF here and KILL IT, and LET US EAT and be merry.
3. After His resurrection and before His ascension Jesus gave His disciples some “fish” (meat) to eat.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the FISH which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and EATbreakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and LIKEWISE THE FISH. (Jn. 21:10-13).
4. Jesus Himself ate some “broiled fish” (meat) after His resurrection in order to prove that He was the same Person who had been crucified.
But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” So they gave Him a piece of a BROILED FISH and some honeycomb. And HE TOOK IT AND ATE in their presence (Lk. 24:41-43).
5. In fact it was prophesied that some would command believers to “abstain from foods” which God Himself “created to be received with thanksgiving.” Specifically mentioned as something people would try to band is every “creature” (not cabbage, cauliflower, or cantaloupe, but CREATURE) that is good for food. Read it for yourself:
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM FOODS which God CREATED TO BE RECEIVED with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For EVERY CREATURE of God is good, and NOTHING IS TO BE REFUSED if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:1-5; NKJV).
We love our pets and we are kind to them and we stand for “Animal rights,” but we also need to know what the “rights” are. And no animal has the right to live that we have the right to eat. Furthermore we do not think that we are actually being “kind” to the animals that we “eat.” We do not believe that we are actually being kind or nice to those animals who wind up being served alone or being mixed in with rice.
When most of us speak about being “kind to animals”…what we actually mean is: Be kind to our “pets.” We believe that we should be kind to pets as well as other forms of life. But animals are not humans. And the statement we make about “Be kind to Animals” can be misleading. We are not required to be kind to the animals, fish or fowl that are killed to eat.
Be Kind to Animals
(Except for those we want to EAT!)
Preaching “kindness” to animals…is fine with me
As well as birds in the air…and fish in the sea.
But is it “kind” to a cow…for goodness sake
To take her to the slaughterhouse…and turn her into “steak.”
Is it being “kind” to a chicken…who cannot hide
To be killed and eaten…either grilled or fried?
Is it being “kind” to a fish…for you or me
To put it in a “can”…labeled “Chicken of the Sea?”
I’m just making us aware…in the words of a little jig
Every time we eat the ham…somebody “killed” the pig!
But God created everything…according to His plan
And He created some creatures…to be enjoyed by man!
So since we are not “vegetarians” but lifelong “meat eaters” our question is: “Where’s the beef?” As some may notice, we do not pay any attention to those “cows” on TV that are always trying to send us to “Chick Fila,” nor do we listen to those who say we cannot have either one. And it is always easy for us to do just like the Bible says about eating good meat with “thanksgiving.” Pass us the meat tray…and let us pray!