Where’s The Beef?

I was reminded today of that Wendy’s commercial from the 80’s where that elderly lady was looking for a decent hamburger and was constantly given burgers with buns so large that it covered the beef. Hence the catch phrase she and Wendy’s started, “Where’s the beef?”

Several years ago the Lord led me in the direction of becoming certified in Holistic Nutrition and while eating holistically leans towards a plant based diet, I believe the Bible is where our bottom line answers should come from. If Jesus ate meat, and the Bible says we should follow His example, then we should too! Now I’m not advocating eating just any ‘ole meat sold in the stores . I believe it should be as close as GOD CREATED it to be and how Jesus ate it, which is what we would call today…. grass-fed and organic. 

Although I have become and been called a “nutrition nerd” (which is nicer than some others names I’ve been called in my lifetime!), and I’m less likely to set foot in a fast food restaurant, even for the coffee (*gasp!*), I’m starting to see where society today, particularly progressive liberals, is trying to lead us. They are taking us in a direction where we may end up asking ourselves, “Where’s the Beef?”  

Progressive liberals (including many of the Democratic Presidential Candidates) want to change the dietary guidelines and limit meat consumption due to an uneducated belief system of “farting cows” and what they believe the meat industry is doing to the environment impacting climate change. While there may be a tiny sliver of truth that “farting cows” (where does this leave “farting humans?”) might be contributing to the environment, rather than taking an easy way out and wiping their hands of what they consider a “problem” by taking meat away, what they should be focused on is how to IMPROVE the industry, so that the food we eat is actually produced the way God in nature intended for us eat it. 

With the left wanting to dictate to us what “they think” is good for us (and not God) and wanting to take meat out of our diets, I want to end with what God says on the matter (emphasis mine):

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and 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 sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭4:1-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

These verses are stated even more clearer in the Message Translation (again, emphasis mine):

“The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.”

‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:1-5‬ ‭MSG‬‬

So if you ever come to MY house and say, “Where’s the Beef?” I’m going to reply, “On the grill and…. ready to eat!”