Friday, February 12, 2016
(2/12/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al
My Facebook is overwhelmed today with "oops, I ate meat" posts.
I'll just link to the Chris Rock routine, but the line that really matters here is simple and obvious:
I refuse to believe that on judgement day, my diet is going to come into question.
I always tell these stories this time of year, but I will again, because it sums it up so well. I was working at the toy store one Friday, and didn't feel like leaving the store for lunch. I asked my friend John if he wanted to order subs, he agreed. We're eating in the lunch room and all of a sudden, John says, "Oh no. It's Friday." I looked at him dumbfoundedly, and he said, "Can't eat meat on Friday." I smiled, as I had no such constraints. He paused, looked at his half eaten sandwich, shrugged, and said, "Oh well," and continued eating. He later left the church, as because he had been married in his wife's church, he was told his kids were considered to be born out of wedlock. He picked up his toys and went home.
My roommate back in the Eau Claire days, was talking about one of the employees at the pizza place asking if they could make part of a pizza with just cheese so he would not eat meat on Friday. My roomie said, "Yeah, he has no problem living with his girlfriend without being married, but nope, no meat on Friday. Explain that to me."
Today I would reply with something like "Arbitrary faith, choosing to follow random beliefs, mostly the ones that were not difficult. Back then, I probably said, "Heh. That's funny."
That always sums it up to me. I'm pro choice on most everything, so you do what you want, I just hope you realize how silly it is. When my wife changed her denomination years ago, she was downright giddy when Lent rolled around...though she had "forgotten" on numerous occasions herself and enjoyed the flesh of many a warm blooded beast on the 6th day...she's just lucky I found it in my heart to tolerate such weak moments.
Have a good weekend my friends.
By the way, why do some not eat fish on Friday? It's a tale as strange as the practice itself. Traditions are a powerful, strange matter.
The thing is, there seems to be some folks who do not eat dairy either, as I have seen several folks say they ate cheese in error, or forgot to ask for their sandwich without. It's almost like they turn vegan on Fridays during Lent...but seafood is OK...because.
2/12/2016 04:00:00 PM