This is small potatoes in the big scheme of things, but as a window into how messed up life is in Michigan, our governor proclaimed tomorrow “Michigan Meatout Day,” in which she “encourage[s] the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat.” This is part of a larger campaign by the “Meatout” folks who want all people to “transition toward a healthy, compassionate plant-based diet.”
Of course, the farmers and butchers are angry with our governor for picking on the one industry that still works in the state, and they note that our governor also picked tomorrow as “Michigan Agriculture Day,” in which she “urge[s] all Michiganians…to celebrate this day with meals made with a variety of local Michigan ingredients, including but not limited to meat, vegetables, and dairy products.”
So apparently regardless what I eat tomorrow, I will be observing either “Michigan Meatout Day” or “Michigan Agriculture Day” but not both. This is probably a win-win, but it feels more like a lose-lose.
On a related note, Baker published a book a few years back called Good Eating. Its provocative thesis was that in light of the consummation, Christians can bear witness to their faith by becoming vegetarians. When someone asks why we don’t eat meat, we can say that we are harbingers of the shalom that Christ will bring when he returns. This book did not sell well, especially in Texas.