Peace Begins On Our Plates

At least three times a day, we have the opportunity to choose nonviolence. We don’t have to face down an enemy carrying a gun, brave counter-protestors, or venture into danger to do so. We can simply pick plants over animals. At least three times a day, we have the opportunity to choose mercy over suffering. While we’re praying and striving for peace, pursuing reconciliation, confessing our many shortcomings, and drowning in the midst of a million things that we can’t control, we can choose chick peas instead of chicken. At least three times a day, we can exercise holy dominion, instead of human dominion. Human dominion is power over, for selfish gain. God’s dominion is reconciliation with, for wholeness and peace. We can choose tofu instead of turkey. Read more of this article by Sarah Withrow King on peaceful eating…

2 responses to “Peace Begins On Our Plates”

  1. Hi Sarah, I love your writing! I have deep sympathies with your outlook on vegetarianism as the peaceful way to live in this world. I think we have to account,still, for the fact that Scripture does allow us to eat animals. I fully support a full boycott of factory-farmed animal products, but you don’t mention an alternative, such as keeping backyard chickens, or buying from a local, pasture based farm. What do you think of that way of farming? I know some people fall on it as still wrong because it still includes death, while others (like myself) find that there does not have to be suffering for an animal to be eventually, humanely killed for food. I wrote about it in several articles on my blog if you’d like to check it out. I’d love to hear your thoughts. https://godoverallcreation.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/why-i-still-eat-meat/ and here….. https://godoverallcreation.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/the-good-shepherds/

    • swking says:

      Hey Lauren, thank you so much! I think I could write a book on your question, but I’ll try to answer here in a kind of nutshell. Essentially, I think there’s strong support for a pro-vegetarian reading of scripture since the world begins and ends with non-violence. Of course, the in-between is marked by violence and death, but in our work to help foster a world “on earth as it is in heaven,” I want to make choices that reflect that eventual reality, even though the world isn’t already perfect. I think we could have a really great discussion about this, but I’m not sure I can do that well in blog comments. 🙂 Want to email me? Maybe we can get together, perhaps even convene a dialogue group or panel? I’m eager to have the conversation! Hit me up at swking [at] eastern [dot] edu

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