Vegetarians and Churches

So you think you know what a vegetarian is? Recent articles (and a google search) explained the term and believe me; it’s not as simple as it sounds because there are so many categories. Most are newly-coined terms because my spell check dislikes them all. The only thing they have in common is plants and eating.

Terms range anywhere from Flexatarians, who occasionally eat meat, to Vegans, who refuse animal-based products like butter. Then there are the Freegans who only eat meat if it’s free!

Whew! Is your head spinning? Doesn’t it sound suspiciously like churches? Some take communion, others refuse. Some baptize babies. Others wait for age of accountability. On and on it goes.

Still, like Vegetarians, churches have some things in common. Churches are all planted in Christ and we all eat the same spiritual food, the Bible.

So let’s forget out petty wars about Baptist, Salvation Army, Presbyterian, United, Catholic, Methodist and what ever. Let’s focus on The One True God. Imagine what we could accomplish if we worked together.

Romans 14:1-Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently (MSG).

Prayer: Lord, forgive us for thinking we are the be-all and end all of faith. Instead, help us be part of the process of unity. In Christ's name. Amen.

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