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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


An Open Letter to Hunters – 5 November 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

As I write this, the beauty and peace of this early Sunday morning is being desecrated by gunshots from you who appear to have some kind of pathological need to kill.

Since you vent physically on your prey – God’s creatures who are merely going about trying to live their lives – I will vent on you verbally; that’s more than fair, and much better than you deserve.

Why do you shoot those who can’t shoot back? Is this your twisted idea of sportsmanship? Do you feel so weak, so impotent; that the only way you think you can shore up your self-esteem is to destroy someone weaker than yourself? Do you plan on going to church after your warped idea of fun? If you do go to church, chances are that your fellow church-goers and pastor are as weak and cowardly as you are; or are too fearful to tell you the truth about your hardness of heart.

Don’t you realize that you are blaspheming God by showing that Christians in this day and age live on such a low level? What can’t you understand about Galatians 5:22 and 23, and other passages in your Bible? Has Satan so blinded you and your “fellow believers” that you don’t know what the fruit of the Holy Spirit means? Are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” simply empty words to you?

It is obvious that you don’t care about human beings any more than you care about “the lower animals.” And don’t bother to tell me that the Creator gave us dominion over them. The “dominion” that God speaks of is “stewardship.” Right after this, the Bible says: (Genesis 1:29)

29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
~ New American Standard Bible

So there goes your excuse for eating the animals you really kill for fun. I won’t get into the deer and elk “wasting” disease caused by prions. I’m sure you know all about that by now. What unsuspecting souls are you feeding that infected meat to?

These other animals created by God are limited in their capabilities to defend themselves from you. What is your excuse? You claim to be made in God’s image; then why do you bring such shame on yourself by causing others “to blaspheme,” as it says in the Bible?

And if you are teaching others to share in your shamefulness, take heed:

Luke 17:1-3

1 And He [Jesus] said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come!

2 “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.

3 “Be on your guard! If your brother [or sister] sins, rebuke him [or her]; and if he [or she] repents, forgive him [or her].”
~ New American Standard Bible

Mary T. Hoffman

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