A Spring Reminder of Three Basic Apologetic Methods
by Donnie Griffin
Well, its spring turkey season and around my house that means early mornings, late breakfasts, and taking advantage of any free time to go to the woods. The focus around here is on putting turkey breasts in the freezer and beards and spurs on the mantle. We love to turkey hunt.
Turkey hunting, although enjoyed all over the US, is pretty much a Southern tradition. By default, most of the wild turkeys are in the southern US so therefore most of the turkey hunters are as well.
It’s enjoyed by young and old, male and female, and is a long generous season in one of the most beautiful and pleasant times of the year (late March, April, and early May).
It is an exciting sport for a tasty quarry. There’s a chess game of sort that takes place each spring morning in which the hunter loses most of the time to a bird. The hunter locates a gobbling turkey, tries to place himself near the bird without spooking the wary fowl, and attempts to mimic the calls of other turkeys so as to “call” the gobbler into shotgun range which is usually less than 40 yards.
All of that sounds simple enough doesn’t it? It’s not really.
Spring is mating season for turkeys, thus the gobbling and strutting. Male turkeys called gobblers, long-beards, toms, etc., gather hens into groups and mate before the hens go sit on their nests. The idea most of the time is to mimic a hens calls to the gobbler and lure the gobbler into gun range. The problem is that the calling is kind of a catch twenty-two. It alerts the gobbler to look for a hen. If he doesn’t see one, then he quickly becomes suspicious and skedaddles. Turkeys eyes are their best defense and they spot movement and out of place colors and shapes easily from long distances. Full camouflage is a must for the hunter and so is a great amount of self-control and woodsmanship. If a gobbler spots your movement or you look out of place in the woods, he’ll be gone in a second.
Turkey hunting is prone to lots of gimmicks because of its difficult nature. There are a thousand different calls, several types of camo and clothing, and some very expensive turkey guns and loads. All of these things supposedly tilt the odds in favor of the hunter.
Its easy to become reliant on the tricks and forget about the more common sense tactics of turkey hunting because of the plethora of gimmicks, the number of close call failures, and the desire to put breasts on the grill.
I think Christians are prone to the same temptations when it comes to apologetics/evangelism so it would be a good thing to point some of us back to those basic tactics every now and then, and today I’m going to use my turkey hunting experience to do just that. Here’s a spring reminder of three basic apologetic methods…
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