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It is now a well-known component of the culture wars: vegans v. carnivores. So we begin with examples of this "war" in our culture, and then move to a similar situation described in today's epistle text, where the apostle tackles the "vegan" problem head-on.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Dirty Jobs," September 14, 2008, at HomileticsOnline.com.
We see them today when naked protesters lie down on city streets on Styrofoam trays covered with cellophane. They are members of PETA -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. By mimicking meat packages, they are demonstrating that all animals -- including humans -- are made of flesh, blood and bone.
Their message: Meat is murder.
On the other hand, you know about people who put bumper stickers on their cars with the message: "I love animals. They're delicious."
Or they ask, "If God didn't want us to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?"
Vegans versus carnivores. The battle...