Christianity is strongly rooted in American Rodeo.  Many of todays top Rodeo athletes confess Jesus Christ as their Savior! Rodeo is one of the few Sports in the USA where the events get started with a prayer in Jesus name!!! Cowboy Church Services are common at Rodeos and many Rodeo Schools include Bible Studies. I personally do not know of another sport or lifestyle  where the Christian Faith is more present than in Rodeo!!! Yet there are people who believe that Rodeos are wrong and that Christians should not have any part in Rodeos. But let`s see what the Bible says while looking at some accusations:

"Rodeo is wrong because animals are equal to humans"

Some animal rights activists claim that animals are equal to humans and therefore humans should not force animals do do anything against the animals will!!! They claim that we are all God`s cration and therefore humans are not above animalsl! Well, God himself tells us the complete opposite in the Bible! His word tells us that humans are the higher being and that we have dominion over the animals!We were created in God`s own image, animals were not! Humans have a soul while animals only have instincts.  Genesis 1:28 clearly states: "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl in the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth". Animals are made for us to use them for food, work etc. Besides: What would happen if we allow every animal it`s free will?!? Let`s turn every cow and every bull and every other creature lose! And when an alligator or bear wants to walk into towns and houses let them...according to those people the town is theirs as much as it is ours...I am sure they would be glad to share their home with a wild bear!!! Let`s see what happens...God has given us clear instructions on how to handle animals - it is sad that some people put the creation over the creator!


"Rodeo is wrong because animals are tortured"

There is no evidence that animals used in Rodeos generally suffer any kind of pains. Of course there are accidents but they are not the norm, they are freak incidents. In all my 5 years as a bullrider I have not seen a single animal get hurt!!! And that includes bareback and saddle bronc riding and all the timed events!!! And by the way: The flank strap does not go over the animals testicles! Whoever claims that has no clue about a bulls or horses anatomy!!! And yes: Some people treat their animals (or pets for that matter) wrong! However a sport can`t be judged by the wrongdoings of individuals. Let`s say you see a dog owner torture his dog. Does that mean that we have to forbid dogs for everybody else? Anyways...God clearly tells us in the Bible that we are above the animals and have dominion over them (see  above). But he also tells us that we should take care of them! Proverbs 12:10 tells us: "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel" We are allowed to use animals for our needs as long as we care for them! 


God bless!

D.J.







 

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