Hunting season is here and those who love the sport dream of getting that prize buck or turkey gobbler, but it can be a deadly sport. Read on. 

Recently I heard about a young father who took his two sons deer hunting in the woods. All were most likely clad in camouflage but failed to wear the safety orange. Because his younger son wasn’t strong enough to tote a rifle the dad gave him a pellet gun. The older son was given a shot gun, and then both boys, full of excitement and anticipation, were turned loose to hunt. The smaller son found a place to hide in the dense woods, and then crouched down to wait for a deer to come by. The older one waited a few yards away. After a while a deer passed near the younger son, so he jump up, aimed, and blasted away at the deer with the pellet gun. The deer simply ran, so the young son took off chasing him. Meanwhile, the older son heard the noise of his brother running through the woods, and thinking it was a deer, blasted away at the sound and killed his own brother. What he did is a maneuver called “getting a sound shot.” 

Oh how tragic! Imagine the devastation that family will live with the rest of their lives. The guilt, the condemnation, the grief!! 

But there is something even more tragic that I see happening in our church world. Careless members (hunters) are taking sound shots of criticism and gossip at or about newcomers or weak believers, instead of praying for or encouraging them. These only wounds them so severely that some drop out and never return, and some may be lost forever. 

Forgive us Lord for those times when we resorted to a sound shot toward someone else. But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another. (Galatians 5:15 NKJV )  Good words to live by: Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle showing all humility to ALL men. (Titus 3:1&2  NKJV) 

Finally beloved what we need to be doing is taking sound shots from God’s Word at the adversary, because he’s the one who looks for a weak one to devour. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV) 

–Rebecca Somoskey