When in Rome,

Speak as the Romans Do...

"Animal apologetics" is a term I use to describe the Christian defense of God's animals in a world where animals are oppressed, abused and exploited by Christians. When discussing this topic with other Christians it's important that we use Biblical language, and not secular language. We must keep it Biblical. For example we must avoid terms such as "vegan" or "climate change." These words are off-putting to most conservative, traditional Christians. We should use Biblical language to describe our diet, our view and our treatment of God’s animals. Words such as "Biblical vegetarian, Genesis 1:29 vegetarian, Eden diet, Garden of Eden diet, Genesis 1:29 diet" are more likely to be acceptable to Christians. Terms such as "earth care, stewardship, caring for God’s creation" might also be more acceptable. And always say "God’s animals" instead of just saying "animals." When you keep your language Biblical and when you use Christian language to defend God’s animals you will be more effective in your discussions with other Christians because you are standing by Christian principles, Biblical wisdom and the love of God. The discussion will no longer be about a secular movement called "veganism" or a liberal or political viewpoint such as "climate change." They will not be able categorize you as a "liberal, new ager, hippie or an effeminate man." Once you have used Biblical language, shared Biblical wisdom, Christian principles and Christian values that reveal the true heart of God; it will be up to them to consider the profound love, goodness and wisdom of God (revealed in Scripture). You have prayerfully planted good seed, and that is all we can do. Allow God to take care of the rest.