I preached all day at the Grace and Glory Church in Kwa-Matingi, Kenya. Pastor Benedict Muendo ordered a goat killed and cooked in my honor.
Americans eat turkey for special occasions; in Kenya it’s goat. The head is boiled into a soup and the honored male guest is served the head and its broth which he shares with the old men. Fortunately for me, the head needed a day longer to fully cook than I was available!
When I was told that we would be eating a goat, my American sensibilities kicked in and I said, “Ewwww! I’ll pass.” We ate the goat like good guests, and greatly enjoyed it once we got past the “ewwww” factor.
There are some groups in the Christian tradition which forbid the eating certain kinds of meat on religious grounds. These groups, like the Seventh Day Adventists, base their beliefs on the Law of Moses given to the ancient nation of Israel (Deut 1:1; 14:3-7).
Through the grace of God given in Jesus, Christians are not bound to the Law of Moses; and the New Testament permits Christians to eat all meats. Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons … commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is set apart by the word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4:1, 3-5).
Paul writes that all creatures are good for food because God created all creatures. To reject a certain kind of meat on religious grounds is to reject the goodness of God. As long as the meat is eaten with thanks to the good God who created it, Christians are free to eat … even goat.
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