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How to Encourage Christians to Become Vegan

No matter what your religious orientation is, even if you are agnostic or atheist as vegan activists we need to engage in outreach to the Christian community about veganism and how it is connected to their religion. About 86% of Americans consider themselves Christians. Many Christians have been mislead by their religious leaders to think God created animals for our use, but there are a some Christians who believe the Bible's core message is love, peace, and compassion for all of God's creatures. There is hope that other Christians can be persuaded to adopt veganism as part of their lifestyle.

You do not have to be a Christian to do this and it is so easy and effective! A group of Minnesota animal activists with many different believe systems concerning religion, but one main goal of animal liberation have been church leafleting. We have been distributing the powerful and persuasive booklet "What Would Jesus Eat... Today" produce by the Christian Vegetarian Association (available at www.christianveg.com). At Catholic churches we distribute "Christianity and Vegetarianism" written by a well-known priest and peace activists available at PETA (www.jesusveg.com).

With our big, friendly, veggie smiles most of the church going people have been willing to take literature from us. In the past five months, MN activists have leafleted to 16 churches and 3 Christian music concerts and have distribute about 7,050 booklets. Our highlight event was at a Christian concert "Acquire the Fire" where teenagers attended and we past out 1,350 booklets in 2 hours. Think about how many more people we could reach about vegansim if we could encourage more activists to engage in this type of out-reach!

When I do tabling and displays events about Veganism or Animal Rights, I always have information about Christianity and vegetarianism available and this information quickly leaves the table. Again, you do not need to believe in Christianity, but realize as an activist how important thismaterial is to help encourage Christians to become began.

When I am challenged about Christianity and vegetarianism. I respond by saying:I do not share your interpretation of the Bible. I believes God's will for us is to be Vegan. The bible depicts a peaceful world at creation and at the end of time. God found everything in Eden 'very good,' and gave all animals and humans a vegetarian world(Genesis 1:29-30). Several prophesies such as Isaiah 11:6-9, foresee a return to this vegetarian world where the wolf, lamb, lion, cow, snake and little child co-exist peacefully."

When I am being accused of picking and choosing biblical verses; my response is, because the Bible is open to such a wide range of interpretation, all Christians pick and choose certain biblical verses that support their believe system. The God I pray to is about love, peace, and compassion for all living creatures.

In the past people used the Bible to justify slavery, segregation, and the oppression of women. We now understand this was a misuse of the Bible and its true intent. The same is true for eating meat.

If you do have religious intolerants please put them aside for the animals' sake and take the opportunity to educate Christians; how veganism is connected to their religion. Remember: What do we want? Animal Liberation Now!

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