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Christian Bowhunters of America
Is it really Christian?
Comment by Rick Faust - 8 Jun 2007


I thought you might like to read the passage below as we all consider how to honor God in what we eat and how we behave. If you are a vegan or vegetarian I respect your stance against hunting since you are being consistent with your words and actions. I think you have made a commitment to something that God has made clear isn't an issue, however.

I am sorry when the only public image of hunting seems to be from some televised outdoor programs that show the adrenaline charged hunter flaunting his dead prey and smearing blood on the cheeks of his kids when they make their first kill. I hunt but find that tasteless too.

They are marketing something. There is big money to be made from people who are looking for some way to feel more alive. Hunting, like so many other things, is being exploited to make money by some. To lump all hunters into that category, however, is a choice to be naive and intolerant I believe.

If you have used those images of hunting to create your stereotype of the "typical hunter" you have made a mistake. The majority of people I know have a great respect for the animals they hunt and feel a deep responsibility to use them well by feeding themselves and their families.

I think that's where the rub may be. Non flesh eating people need to show the same respect for flesh eaters that you demand for yourselves.

We think you are incorrect in how you view the killing and eating of animals and, if you are trying to put God's stamp of approval on your position, you're on worse than shaky ground when you read passages like the one below. You may believe the opposite but you still have to show real respect for my conclusions just as I have to show respect for yours. I'm sorry for hunters that have shown you disrespect.

I have several Adventist friends that accept traditional teachings in their church to not eat meat and I respect that by my words and actions, like having vegetarian alternatives at get togethers. If a lot of vegetarians would get as motivated to help stop the slaughter of innocent children in their mother's wombs as they do about people around them eating the flesh of animals it would be very helpful in our declining society. You may be getting off tract by focusing on something that isn't a real issue.

We all need to have honest moments with God asking Him what the real issues are. I read vegetarian view points and they have challenged me and helped me keep on tract as a God honoring hunter.

You may not like to consider the facts but they don't have emotions and are consistent in telling us the truth about life. I understand that the national deer population has grown and, therefore, if we don't proactively thin their ranks we will continue to see increased numbers of starving deer and auto collisions that always involve suffering and death of deer and often the same for the occupants of the automobile. Harsh realities in a fallen world.

Another harsh reality is the limits of time when you are working for a living. I must go and send this without much proofing or editing. These are some thoughts to consider. I'm open to direct dialog but the last thing I want is a flood of blog sites or other's thoughts. What do you think?

Acts 10:9-16
9 And on the next day, as they were on their way, and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 And he became hungry, and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; 11 and he beheld the sky opened up, and a certain object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12 and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, "Arise, Peter, kill and eat!" 14 But Peter said, "By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean." 15 And again a voice came to him a second time, "What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy." 16 And this happened three times; and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.

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