It’s all about the sallah ram today.
I didn’t think this was an “issue” at all until I had a conversation with a friend a while ago. So I decided to pen something down.
Should a Christian eat Sallah meat?
Oh why not? I responded. As a matter of fact, I look forward to Sallah meat this year. Sad that I won’t be getting any because I have no Muslims friends around me. I really like the taste of the ram, it’s like they fry it specially.
My friend replied: Ah Bimbo! Bimbo are you sure it’s not a sin? Me I don’t eat Sallah meat oh! When they give me, I don’t collect because in my heart I believe it’s meat sacrificed to a god I do not worship; so I can’t eat it.
My friend and I are both Christians. Born again Christians, not just christian by title/pronunciation or tag. Amen! LoL! We both believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour but we don’t both believe and accept a Christian is allowed to eat sallah meat. Two believers, diferent opinions but you know what really matters?- The WORD’s opinion.
What does the Bible really say about such a matter?
We’ll read a couple Bible passages and build from there:
Romans 14:13-17; 20
So let’s stop criticizing each other. Instead, you should decide never to do anything that would make other Christians have doubts or lose their faith. The Lord Jesus has given me the knowledge and conviction that no food is unacceptable in and of itself. But it is unacceptable to a person who THINKS it is. If your brother is being hurt or offended because of food [that you insist on eating], you are no longer walking in love towards him. Do not let what you eat destroy [spiritually harm] one for whom Christ died. Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach for goodness sake. Rather, God’s kingdom consists of God’s approval and peace, as well as the joy that the Holy Spirit gives. Don’t ruin God’s work because of what you eat. All food is acceptable, but it’s wrong for a person to eat something if it causes someone else to have doubts.
II Corinthians 10: 27-31
If a nonbeliever invites you to dinner and you feel like going, go ahead and enjoy yourself; eat everything placed before you. It would be both bad manners and bad spirituality to cross examine your host on the ethical purity of each course as it is served. On the other hand, if he goes out of his way to tell you that this or that was sacrificed to goddess so-and-so, you should pass. Even though you may be indifferent as to where it came from, he isn’t, and you don’t what to send mixed messages to him about who you are worshipping. But except for these special cases, I’m not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I’m going to stride free and easy, knowing what our Master has already said. If I eat what is served to me, grateful to God for what is on the table, why be bothered? I thanked God for it and He blessed it! So whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God!
God bless the reading of the word! LoL! Amen!!
I believe the Bible verses are pretty straightforward. Nonetheless, let’s share in a few sentences. Just before typing this piece, I had an enlightening discussion with my friend, Ope, and I pretty much LOVE his choice of words-in-sentences; so that’s all imma share. Here:
A Christian eating sallah meat shouldn’t be an issue, and it isn’t. Many issues like these have become merely personal matters of faith and individual growth and conscience. However, there’s a balance here. Individual liberty, when taken to an extreme could cause another’s fall, as Romans 14:13-17; 20 says.
Here’s the thing: You know that it’s Sallah meat, and you know the significance it has to Muslims. Notwithstanding, you also know that the ram that was killed belongs to God, your God. Let your personal conviction tell you what to do. If you THINK you’re okay with it, and it bears no consequence on your salvation, by all means eat it with thanksgiving (it need not be deep- just say thank you). Same applies for a Buddhist household or a Shintoist. I mean, people travel to experience other cultures and that involves eating. You don’t go asking about the religious origins of each food before you eat.
If however, you’re told plainly that the food you’re about to eat is dedicated to their god, and that in eating with them you’re joining in worship of their god- like at the Holy Communion table- then you should refuse because of your own faith (and theirs too). In this case, worship has been ‘invoked’, and a line is being drawn. Eating says you identify with them in worshipping their god(s). You shouldn’t eat because:
1. You don’t believe in their god. You don’t want to make yourself a liar just because of food. Besides, if they know you’re eating even when you don’t believe, you might offend them.
2. You have only one God to worship. They have brought the act of eating as an instrument of worship, not merely a physical act. You don’t worship their god. Just as the Holy Communion is like a prayer, eating in that context is like a prayer too.
3. Suppose he converts to your faith in the future, you would have confused him. He would think it’s okay to go mixing indiscriminately with unbelievers without discretion. Not knowing what you know yet, you may wreck him spiritually except he’s quickly helped. When you don’t eat, and he later converts, he has a reference to draw from.
4. You will maintain your good testimony, and he’ll hold you in respect. It’s just good sense. You can’t be cajoled into free-jumping off a cliff; why would you drop your standards over food?
You get the point? While there’s freedom to eat, there’s discretion. Let wisdom guide your eating.
SHOULD A CHRISTIAN EAT SALLAH MEAT?
1. I, Abimbola, a Christian, will eat sallah meat because my heart doesn’t condemn me and because I like it!
2. If my eating sallah meat will take a toll on my friend’s faith/belief, by all means I’ll join her to say “no thank you” politely but I’ll go back to collect the meat later.😂😂😂. JUST KIDDING! Meat [whether sallah or not] is too insignificant a price-to-pay when it comes to the faith of another person. Because the faith of my friend matters more than anything else to Me and To God especially, I’ll pass, on the meat. So, NO I actually won’t go back to collect the meat. 🙂
I hope we get the message. In Christ, we are all liberated. It’s a PERSONAL relationship. Know your God, and Know your heart.
Barka Dai !