Acts 21:25 states, “But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, having decided that they should abstain from meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication.”
So a really good friend of mine brought this to my attention yesterday asking if this verse meant we should not eat meat that’s strangled to death. To be clear, not the chicken itself being avoided, but if the manufacturer that brought you that chicken strangled it. At first glance it appears as if that is the case. I looked at different commentaries and I couldn’t quite find one that directly addressed this. Then I stumbled upon a website that went into how meat strangled increases stress in the animal before death, which releases hormones that can cause disease in the meat, which may be the reason why it was instructed to eat meat not strangled. They provided references to their article, but of course one should make sure they thoroughly research things for themselves before making any dietary changes.
For once I don’t really have my own firm conclusion yet in writing this as it’s a new thought that’s come to my attention. It made me ponder whether that means I should start eating kosher meat. If that’s what God wants of me and if that’s what’s better for my health. But I just felt like sharing this with all of you as something to think about. And I do welcome anybody who wants to provide any added information for all of us.
Peace to you all in Christ.