Church silence promotes violence to humans, to animals, to our
environment, to our economy, to our education, to our finances, and to our health.
By: Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman
Almost every day, we hear from believers who has been emotionally hurt by the unchecked cruelty of professing "Christians". The following letter from Juli is just one of these cases:
.... I just felt strongly compelled to share this with people I know would feel as I did upon seeing this. This week's Sunday morning newspaper (Daytona Beach News Journal) had a front page headline that read: "Your State Attorney: Man of God, Man of Law." Beneath this headline is a huge color photograph taken of a meeting room where men are seated around a long table. The camera is angled from the ceiling, from a position right beside a large mounted deer's head, which serves as the foreground on the left side of the entire picture.
The caption reads: "State Attorney John Tanner, center, leads a staff meeting recently in his office at the Justice Center with one of his bow-hunting trophies on the wall looking over the proceedings." I would not be surprised if this "man of God" requested inclusion of this proof of manhood in the photograph, and would be even less surprised that few people will even consider the contradiction involved.
I know I should no longer be stunned by this kind of thing, yet I suppose after 55 years and counting of still being stunned, I will continue to be. It's only one small example of the reason we are so easily discouraged again and again, and why it's so incumbent upon us to make every effort to trust in God's ways and not man's. There's just an endless stream of callous disregard for the lives of God's creatures by people who clothe themselves in God's name.
We strongly believe that the church has a moral duty to speak out against the ungodliness of trophy hunting, for if they did, the newspaper would never have referred to this State's attorney as being a "man of God". The church's silence, and even support of such activity puts them in the same position as those that lead their children astray; of whom Jesus said that it would be better for such a person to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea (Matthew 18:6).