The question is, “Are you man enough to take the dare?” Fall is here… along with deer hunting season. For many hunters, life orbits around those precious weekends and days spent in the woods searching for that prize whitetail. New cameo clothing and the latest rifle with ammo has been secured, green fields have been planted, the camp house has been prepped for the season, tree stands have been strategically placed, now… the hunt!
Before I continue you need to know two things…
- I am not a hunter. I love the outdoors, especially being in the woods. As much as I might really enjoy it, I just never picked up hunting as a hobby.
- I have nothing against hunters or the sport of hunting. I even have many friends who are avid hunters. My pastor is a hunter. I generally like hunters.
I do however have a serious concern, which has led to “The Dare”. First, “The Dare” then the reasons. I dare you to take the CFA Challenge this hunting season. The CFA Challenge is to not allow hunting or any other activity prevent you from missing worshiping with your church family on the Lord’s Day, believing that you will have greater success in your hunts if you don’t forsake the Lord’s day. Chick-Fil-A is a household name and is generally thought to be the top of the ladder in the fast food industry. Although they are committed to excellence in service, facility appearance, and food quality; there is, in my opinion, a greater reason for their overall success. I am convinced that God has blessed this company in an extraordinary way because of their commitment to honor the Lord’s Day by closing on Sunday. This allows their employees to attend worship and declares a dependency on God to enable the company to generate in 6 days what the competition is generating in 7 days. From every means of measurement God has indeed provided in abundance. No other fast food chain is even in the same league. Clearly God has blessed CFA.
My concern is that for the sake of the enjoyment and success of hunting, hunters are choosing hunting over:
Exodus 20:8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God… 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. | Hebrews 10:25 “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some” | Deuteronomy 5:15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.
As a result, children and wives are being taught by example that attending church on Sunday is something you do, when you don’t have a better option or only when it’s convenient. I believe it should be a both-and, not an either-or. If God will bless CFA for honoring the Lord’s Day, will He not bless you for the same? There is only one way to find out… take the CFA Challenge this season… I dare you!