Inspired by her Christian faith, Bristol, Tennessee, resident Alexa Sexton celebrated her 21st birthday by performing 21 acts of kindness for others—inspiring people all over the country. So we’ve sent Alexa a letter asking her to continue her compassionate actions by going vegan for 21 days. And to help make her commitment not only kind but also delicious, we’ve sent her a gift basket filled with plant-based essentials such as vegan meats, cheeses, and snacks as well as a couple of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
Christians have been given the important responsibility of protecting God’s creatures, and Alexa wouldn’t be the only Christian who’s realized this and gone vegan—countless Jesus followers are finding out about the suffering endured by animals raised for food and taking a stand against it. Today, God’s creatures who are raised for meat, dairy products, and eggs are forced to live in cages so small they can’t extend their limbs or lie down comfortably. Piglets are castrated, baby chickens have parts of their beaks chopped off, and young calves have their horns burned or carved out of their skulls, brands burned into their skin, and more—all without any painkillers. Many will never have felt the warmth of the sun, formed friendships, roamed free, or done any of the other things that God intended for them before they are crammed into trucks and driven to the slaughterhouse, where their throats are often slit while they are still conscious and able to feel pain.
As Alexa has rightfully said, “You never know what small act of kindness will impact someone for the Kingdom of God.” We hope Christians will act with kindness toward animals—who are also in the Kingdom—and go vegan with Alexa!