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Practice What You Preach This Lenten Season

Written by Ashley Palmer | March 9, 2011

With the Lenten season upon us, many choose to reflect on their actions and honor their faith through fasting. Some denominations, specifically Eastern Christians and Catholics, abstain from eating animal products during this time.

Going vegan in honor of Lent is the perfect way to “practice what you preach” by showing compassion to all of God’s creation. By eating only plant-based foods this Lenten season, you can show Christ’s mercy at every meal.

The following video depicts exactly how God’s creatures are treated in order to produce meat:

Is this really how we should treat God’s creatures? Is this the message of love and compassion that we should be living? When God gave us “dominion” over animals, it became our responsibility to be their protectors, not their tormentors.

In his article for the Huffington Post, Bruce Friedrich said it best: “Jesus’ message is one of love and compassion, yet there is nothing loving or compassionate about the modern industries that produce almost all of the chickens, pigs and other farmed animals that are turned into meat in this country. Christians have a choice: When we sit down to eat, we can support misery and cruelty or we can make choices that support mercy and compassion. Shouldn’t that be an easy decision for us?”

Honor your faith at each and every meal this Lenten season, and remember: As we do to the least, so we do to Him. Pledge to be vegan now!

Learn more about animals who are killed for food and how meat production affects our environment and our health. Browse hundreds of free vegan recipes to help you jump start your Pledge to Be Vegan today.

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  • Jennifer Colandrea says:

    Thank you, thank you for your post Erica G. I too am making the pledge to go vegan (from vegetarian) because none of Gods creatures should be treated that way for any reason!!

  • Erica G says:

    I went vegan for Lent…four years ago, and I’ve been vegan ever since. During that first Lent, I was totally craving cheese and such, thinking how hard it was and how I couldn’t wait for Lent to end. But before Lent ended, I “randomly” met a couple living a very vegan life in backwoods Illinois. And then I realized being vegan really isn’t that hard at all, that I should stop whining and start practicing my vegan beliefs with no apologies. Divine intervention! From that moment I was strenghtened enormously in both my veganism and my religion.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    thanks for great post.

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  • Stephanie says:

    I decided to go Vegan this Lent (usually a Vegetarian). So glad to see this post! Hope others catch on!

  • nathalie Campos says:

    Its official- I am now a vegan. Animals do not deserve that treatment.

  • MartiLynn says:

    What a fantastic idea!! I just posted this to all of my Facebook and Twitter friends. I hope they’ll consider it— even if it’s only a couple days per week. Anything is better than nothing.

  • College Papers says:

    It is really awesome post. Thanks Ashley

  • KileyRage says:

    Dude! i just decided, im going vegan :DDD