Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Now THAT'S a Striper!!

Don't ever let anyone tell you there aren't big fish in the Ozarks!

Take a peek at the new Missouri state record for striped bass—60 plus pounds—caught on Bull Shoals Lake at the MO/AR border. Here is a Fox News article on the catch with all the details. Apparently the fish was caught from the bank and not a boat.

I can't help but chuckle with fond memories of my late Uncle Ernie, my fishing buddy. We spent years fishing together twice a year on Lake Charles in AR. Those days sadly came to an end in 2007 when he got sick, and my folks back home began to decline in health making the journeys impossible. But the funny - Ernie hated stripers with a passion. He was a crappie fisherman through and through. He was mad at Fish and Game for stocking stripers, and believed they served no other purpose but to eat crappie fingerlings. If he saw this picture, he might cuss. But he'd also congratulate the fisherman on landing such a monster.

I'm also reminded of another funny. Ernie and I were coming in off the lake one evening when I noticed a rod and reel I had baited up at the pier bowed nearly in half. We got the pole and went back out in the lake to land whatever it was, and it turned out to be an enormous buffalo. Rough fish like buffalo, carp, etc. were never admitted catches. I took a picture of it on the pier, and Ernie said he never wanted to see it again.

Of course, when I got home, I had to show my cousin Paul, also a fishing buddy of Ernie's when he was able. Paul is sadly no longer with us, and was in the hospital when I took the picture of the buffalo to show him. I told Paul, "Ernie says he doesn't want to see this again." Paul put the picture in his pocket and replied, "Well, he's gonna see it again." We laughed.

Oh, do I miss those days. Someday, Lord willing, I'll be able to go back.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time to Disband the Boy Scouts?

I suppose we should have seen this coming. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates—after having helmed the forced recognition of homosexual men and women into the U.S. Armed Forces, now heads the Boy Scouts of America. He is now demanding that it's time that the Scouts drop their long-standing opposition to homosexual scout leaders.

If you want to read an article (and there are many) on the subject, I will link you to this one from The Christian Post

This angers me from several different directions. Long-term readers of this blog (and thank those of you who have stayed with me for months of no regular posting—you all know why) are familiar with my stance on the homosexual issue. My position is the historic biblical one. And it was the same position that the Boy Scouts have held for decades—really since their inception. The Boy Scout oath demands high moral standards. But now, our society's malevolent change agents are insisting on forcing their way on everyone whether their religious convictions or moral standards allow it or not.

It is not a question of legality. The Scouts are a private organization and have the absolute right to set their membership standards. Why Bob Gates was chosen to head the Scouts knowing his history and liberal viewpoint on this issue is beyond me. Something tells me a lot of Scouting parents were either sold a bill of goods or were deceived.

Mr. Gates insists that it's time to change. Why, Mr. Gates? Why MUST the Scouts change? Why is the historic position of the Scouts "unsustainable?" It is only unsustainable if people refuse to grow a spine and stand their ground. I would love to see someone try and force me to change my standards (and actually NOT mine - they are the Lord's standards applicable to every human being whether they like it nor not). Don't waste your time trying, because it ain't happening.

If the Scouting leadership no longer has the moral backbone to stand their ground, and if the organization is going to surrender to shrill, loud activists who are a single digit minority in the population, then maybe it is time for the Scouts to dissolve. They are no longer the historic Boy Scouts of America, and no longer stand for the same values.

I should not have to repeat this again, but I will because many who may read this post won't take the time and read other things I've written on this. This is not bigotry. This is not hate. This IS disagreement. This IS opposition to a course of action that I believe will be ultimately and eternally harmful to the country as well as to unrepentant individuals who choose to live this lifestyle. There is no sin that exists that is not common to man, and every single person out there, including me, is a sinner in the old nature that needs redemption. Sin manifests itself in different people in different ways, and my sin might not be your sin. I found redemption through belief in the Gospel and faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. I lovingly want others to know the same joy and forgiveness from God that has been graciously granted to me - one must undeserving. But you can't be saved without knowing you need a Savior, and you can't know you need a Savior until you recognize what sin is. So save the bigot remarks. I reject them entirely, and no matter how loud someone might bleat them at me, it will have no effect. It is a false charge.

I will reiterate something I have often said. The single biggest mistake traditionalists (churched and outside the church) have made is allowing the homosexual activists to take a BEHAVIOR and redefine it in the same way/context as a racial or ethnic group. Had that been nipped in the bud, we would not be at this pass now. But by and large, the argument has been needlessly ceded. And people simply aren't using their foresight and brains to see where this can lead. Once THIS behavior is given shielding under the cover of law and constitutional protection as a minority group, what other behavior will be added to the list later? Think about it a while. It isn't pretty. Whatever your particular unsavory predilection to sin, in time you might be able to accord yourself a minority group status with constitutional protections, with the freedom to engage in your chosen sinful behavior to your hearts' content. And you can use the power inherent in law to force it down people's throats.

Think I'm exaggerating? Think I'm building a straw man? Really? Give it time and we'll see. Once society has begun jumping cannonball style into the septic tank, it will take a divine miracle and change of heart to bring reversal. That's not impossible, but I don't expect it. I expect judgment from God. In fact, I think all of this is PART of God's judgment on this land for its sinfulness and unfaithfulness to Him.

It doesn't make it any easier to watch.

P.S. While I'm at it, watching FNC I just became aware that the Scouts have now banned water pistols and rubber band guns. Seriously?? Whatever hope I had that reversal and restoration was possible is now gone. The leadership has now officially lost its mind and backbone. Cash in the chips.