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Thursday, July 10, 2014
July 9, 2014
Today's Photograph . . . . Two Characteristics Of The Unethical Hunter Are: Arrogance and Pride (Tom L)
Please forgive our error the author of T
he Hunter: Developmental Stages and Ethics was Dr. Bob Norton, not Dr Bob Thornton.
Bible Study Verses
I Peter 2:13-16
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men- as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. (NKJV)
Thoughts: This past winter I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Bob Norton, author of The Hunter: Developmental Stages and Ethics. After we had talked for awhile, Bob gave me his book to read.
When I finished reading his book we met for breakfast to discuss some of the thoughts discussed in his book. After a short discussion, Bob discerned why I hunted and the developmental stage I had reached.
After reading and discussing Chapter 3, "The Ethical Hunter," I realized that the chapter was right in line with several Biblical principles.
Two of the characteristics of the unethical hunter are: arrogance and pride. They know more than the Game and Fish experts, question and break some of the laws, and expound on their shooting ability and expertise. God opposes the proud throughout the Bible:
Proverbs 8:13, "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate," (NKJV).
Proverbs 16:5,"Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished," (NKJV).
I Corinthians 13:4, "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up," (NKJV).
Dr. Thornton writes, "The ethical hunter, the dedicated sportsmen or sportswomen, where hunting is an integral part of their quality world, abides by and advocates for legislated laws which regulate the hunt. They honor the land, respect the landowners, the non-hunter, fellow hunters, and respect fair chase. They are true hunters, and deserve the title and privilege of being called 'hunter'. "
Action Point: Do we demonstrate our respect for others and follow the laws according to I Pet 2:13-16? When we see violations committed by our brothers and sisters, do we admonish them with wisdom and love?
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day: Pass out copies of the "The Hunter" to those violators that are difficult to approach.