“Medieval sportsmen developed elaborate rules that governed hunting. By the time chivalry began to decline, such regulations had become well-entrenched customs. There were seasons for various game animals and birds, and restrictions designed to give quarry a sporting chance.
“A householder who simply wanted something to put in his pot tended to ignore the rules of good sportsmanship. Such a fellow seldom hesitated to shoot a young animal, or one out of season. Sometimes fields were even baited so that birds could be slaughtered from ambush.
“All rules were thrown aside when a person was shooting for the sake of fattening his own pot. Hence, we call a less than sporting attack … a pot shot.”
Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book before his death in 2000.
We still fatten our pots today, but the game has changed. How willing we are to put others down to benefit ourselves and fatten our own pots!
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
“But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Romans 2:8).
“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:14-16).