If you are a turkey hunter, you're a predator. You've bought your license, you're ready to punch your tag and report success. You'll share that success by showing a nice photo of your bird to your friends, and you'll enjoy a great meal. But you're not the only predator in the woods during turkey season. Far from it. The vast majority of predators will do none of those things. They will kill every day, and they won't play by the rules you play by. This week's column, published in the Olean Times Herald (Olean, NY), tells what is going on in the turkey woods, not just during the month of May, but every month of the year. Yes, you already know, but lots and lots of people don't. And they're the
Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison (Genesis 27:3, KJV).
God is pro-hunting. That's right, and he has some things to say about the chase. The Bible presents hunting in a positive light. History, science and common sense also inform us about the role hunting plays in God's created order — what people call nature.
"Mission: Hunter" is a blog that addresses hunting topics through the lens of theology for the woods and for hunters who pursue deer and other wildlife in its native habitat, grounded in the moral rightness of hunting from a Christian and biblical point of view.
The Bible does not support the common idea that hunting is morally wrong. Hunting is moral, positive, and right for a Christian believer to do. In the Old Testament the history of hunting goes back to the days of Noah (Genesis 9:2-3). In the New Testament it was God who told Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, to "Kill and eat" (Acts 10:13). God's word in Genesis 9:2-3 never changed.
In my mission to pursue Christ, hunting is a platform for sharing the gospel through writing and speaking. Mission: Hunter!