I am one of the ministers who hunt whom George Plagenz addressed in Friday's Opinion column, and would like to try to explain my position to him and his readers.
Mr. Plagenz accused us of "a serious breach of integrity" because we preach God's love for all his creation, and then go out and kill animals which are part of his creation. That seems logical to some people until we consult the Bible to see what God has to say about it.
After the flood which Noah and his family escaped, God changed the rules. "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you: even as the green herb have I given you all things" (Genesis 9:3.) In the New Testament, God gave Peter a vision of "all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise Peter; kill and eat." (Acts 10: 12-13) Check out Proverbs 12:27: "The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting; but the substance of a diligent man is precious." Most hunters I know are in the "diligent" category; we consider the meat we get from hunting "honorable" (actual meaning of "precious" in the original Hebrew). . . as God does.
Plagenz not only implied that it was wrong to kill animals because they are part of God's creation, but he said that what makes hunting "certainly wrong" is the fact that we get such enjoyment out of it.
I do not think it is wrong to enjoy what God gives us.
To me, hunting in the beauty of the mountains, or the desert, or the trout stream or the field brings great joy, and a sense of awe before the God who created them.
There also is the enjoyment of the companionship of hunting with others.
There is the satisfaction of providing meat for our families which is much healthier than meat from domesticated animals.
I don't expect to change Mr. Plagenz's mind.
After all, he said he has been writing this same thing for 30 years.
But I do appreciate the opportunity to let the readers know that instead of being guilty of "a serious breach of integrity," we hunting ministers are right in line with the Word of God.