The Value of Food
While I can say with certainty that I will never be a vegan (tried and failed miserably), I can see the appeal.
I see the appeal in the sense of not wanting to take an animals life. I grew up on a farm so spare me “the cycle of life” lecture. Even knowing then what I did about what we ate, where it came from, and how it got there, I still compartmentalized that experience. I never let my brain waver too far into the actual killing of the animal.
And I think, therein lies the problem. You see, most of us have the privilege of enjoying the food we eat without ever having a hand in producing it, let alone even the knowledge of how it is produced. We can separate all the labor and love (and unfortunately a lot of the time, hate & greed) that goes into raising our food - be that plants or animals.
But when you can see all that goes into the food you eat, the animal that was an integral part of your well being, your ability to be alive, you have a much greater sense of appreciation. You see your food as the blessing it is and it becomes much more of a commodity and not something to be taken for granted.
God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food.