Response to letter on Lent and a meat-free diet


I read with interest the letter from Levi Ellington in the Feb. 9 Enterprise. He urged using Lent as an opportunity to adopt “a meat-free diet for Lent and beyond.” He was invoking “Christ” and “Lent” to support his plea.

Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays as a form of penance in honor of the death of Jesus Christ. In Acts 10, Peter had a vision in which he saw heaven open and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners containing all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. And God told Peter to kill and eat. Peter at first objected to doing this. But God spoke again and told him that he was not to call anything impure that he had made clean. When Catholics abstain from meat, it is not because the food is impure but rather that they are voluntarily giving up something good for the spiritual benefit of having done so.

As long ago as Genesis 9, God allowed mankind to eat meat. He told Noah that everything that lives and moves about would be food for them — that just as he had given the green plants, he then gave them everything.

My suggestion to Mr. Ellington and others who want to use the Bible to support what they advocate is to use it in context of the whole.

Donna Green