But I also like meat! And just about any kind. It is hard to beat a nice steak, a sloppy burger, or a really good piece of chicken or pork. If I had been on the roof in Joppa that day praying next to Peter, saw a sheet full of animals and the voice of God telling me "get up, kill, eat" the only questions I would have is "do you have any BBQ sauce and a napkin?" So the idea of being a vegetarian is pretty far removed from my lifestyle choices.
Some vegetarians are "evangelists" for the cause and go so far as to turn it into a theology of creation suggesting that we should not eat anything that must be killed in order to consume it. They suggest that this is somehow a violation of the created order and makes the consumer of meat akin to the murderer.
It is interesting, however, that in the history of Christianity vegetarianism is one of the hallmarks of some the more famous heretical groups. Over at The Bible and Interpretation, Sebastian Moll has a short essay looking at the connections between vegetarianism and heresy. He has an interesting take on the issue.
Here is a bit of what he has to say.
Modern vegetarians often refer to theological terminology such as “reverence for life” or “respecting creation” when defending their position. Ironically, in the Early Church the situation is exactly the other way around. Abstaining from meat is considered a sign of heresy. In the Canons of the Council of Ancyra (314), it is stated: “It is decreed that among the clergy, presbyters and deacons who abstain from meat shall taste of it, and afterwards, if they shall so please, may abstain. But if they disdain it, and will not even eat herbs served with meat, but disobey the canon, let them be removed from their order.” While never included into Church Law, this anathema is confirmed by several later councils, such as the Council of Braga (Portugal, 561), at which the anathema is expanded to include clergy and lay people alike.
Many heretical groups in early Christianity indeed practiced vegetarianism, for example the Marcionites and the Manicheans. Traditional scholarship attributes this behavior to just another form of asceticism. But if the councils wanted to condemn radical asceticism, why is there no anathema for people who abstain from alcohol, for example? What is the reason for the special concern with the question of eating meat? Are vegetarians really a threat to Christian orthodoxy?
You can read the whole article here.