But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
I spent an extended weekend out of town and out of range of the ‘ole internet. So, I’ve got some blogging to catch up on. The first point is that I have returned from this weekend a vegetarian.
Why am I going vegetarian? A few reasons, listed in no particular order:
1) I try not to eat factory farmed meat. I used to just be a “I don’t eat factory farmed meat” type of person, but it’s become a bit difficult to know; and being in South Dakota, everyone eats meat all the time. It seems like it might be easier just to say, “I’m a vegetarian” than to get into all of the details about what kinds of meat I will or will not eat.
2) Cattle are a major contributor to greenhouse gases.
3) It takes a good deal of grain and other food resources to raise animals for our consumption. This food could be used to feed the hungry, and currently there are nearly 1 billion people who are either starving, underfed, or undernourished.
4) I have a general concern that the animals we eat are not treated with respect and compassion. At this point in time, there is really no way to tell whether or not my dollars to purchase meat go toward people who treat animals with dignity versus those who abuse and mistreat animals. So, until there is more nation-wide accountability, I’m taking my ques from Daniel.
5) In the absence of meat, I can focus on eating more veggies, which is better for one’s health.
6) Beans are cool. Haven’t you ever heard the phrase “cool beans”?