in iudicio et in iustitia

Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 3:54pm

I recently defended our property from two wild dogs.. with a Mossburg 590.

The setting: It was a dark, moonless, and windy night.

I was upstairs on my porch working on a few things when all of the sudden I heard the chickens going crazy outside. I figured it was an opossum or two and so I took off with my 7 inch blade. As soon as I got outside I spotlighted two dogs having a good old time massacring our prized Cornish Rock roosters. I stowed the knife and ran back for the shotgun. Dad came running out after me with the flashlight and in rapid succession I dispatched the dogs with four shots.
As we gazed over the crime scene it happened. We heard whistling and calling for these two bandits from across our 4 acre field. The owners had apparently heard the shots (and I’m sure quite a few people did hear them) and realized that they had left their dogs out for too long. I didn’t have the heart to tell them what had happened and figured on them figuring it out. These dogs paid the price for their actions. Which brings me to the lesson I was reminded of through this incident.
These dogs were committing a crime. They were having a blast killing these helplessly blind-in-the-dark chickens. It was all good and fun until they got caught (obviously). Imagine now in our lives how many crimes we commit before God. How long will we play in seemingly fun and delicious sin before it is too late? Had those dogs been called home just 5 minutes sooner they would have been safe and where they should have been on their master’s floor. Thanks be to God for the salvation we have in His son Jesus Christ, who is calling us home. True repentance requires an act of our will. Walk away from temptations and give God the glory in all things! We are also called to share the hope we have in Christ with others before it is too late for them.

What was just a routine farm defense turned into a sobering experience.

Just my two cents..

“”If you will return, O Israel,” declares the LORD, “Then you should return to Me. And if you will put away your detested things from My presence, And will not waver, And you will swear, ‘As the LORD lives,’ In truth, in justice and in righteousness; Then the nations will bless themselves in Him, And in Him they will glory.” Hieremia IV:I-II

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