Is Kosher Eating Still Required?

Outside of weekly Sabbath observance, kosher eating is easily the most contested aspect of a person's journey toward living a life of Biblical faith. Traditional Christian teaching relegates the Jewish kosher dietary laws as obsolete with the advent of the New Covenant, citing mainly the writings of the Apostle Paul as well as famously quoted passages in the New Covenant Scriptures like Matthew 15 and Acts 15; in most quarters of the Christian community, kosher eating is viewed synonymously with trying to earn one's salvation through the Law of Moses—and many actually triumph in the idea that 'anti-kosher' eating is a 'right' that was purchased for us on the cross—freeing us from 'the burden of the Law'.

Unless a person specifically advocates salvation by kosher eating, however (I do NOT), this charge against those who teach adherence to the practice is ridiculous at best. Most modern Christians worldwide would agree that God wants everyone to read the Bible; in fact, they would say that it is a good practice promoting health and growth in their spiritual journey with God, and it is detrimental—perhaps even sinful—for a person to neglect reading the Scriptures (I wouldn't quite go that far, but many do). Yet no one would say that we are saved by reading the Bible. The same is true for advocacy of a kosher diet: