One Sunday, a pastor decided to skip church and go hunting in the neighboring forest. While he was hunting he saw a huge black bear that had stopped to get honey from a beehive. The pastor thought the bear was good game, so he shot at it, and missed. The bear, startled by the shot, jumped up and charged at the pastor. The pastor used his only option: he dropped to his knees and prayed.
“Dear God,” he said, “please let this bear be a good Christian, a better one than I ever was.”
When the bear drew close, it also dropped to its knees to pray.
“I knew you were a good Christian bear!” exclaimed the pastor with relief.
“I sure am,” replied the bear. “Mama always taught me to pray before I eat.”