Appeasement

Appeasement according to Webster this is what it means.

appeasement

/əˈpiːzmənt/
noun

1.

the policy of acceding to the demands of potentially hostile nation in the hope of maintaining peace
2.

the act of appeasing
  I just got through seeing ” THE DARKEST HOUR”. I promise not to ruin the movie for you. It was a very good movie.
  History says that Chamberlain did not want war. He wanted peace. A very noble goal and cause. England, most of Europe and the US had just lost millions of young men to a tragic war. A whole generation was almost completely wiped out.  Chamberlain did not want war. Germany had taken Austria, Czechoslovakia, without firing a shot. Next he wanted Poland. After Hitler attacked Poland then France and England both declared war on Germany. I guess you can look up what went on if you don’t know but I wanted to lay a back ground. France nor England were prepared for war. Neither had the men or equipment to do that. But they put up a futile attempt at fighting Germany who had 10 years to prepare for war. Once Belgium and Holland fell France was lost. It only took a few months to find out they could not win. You can look up Dunkirk and see why it happened and what was done there. Again you may know more than I do.
  Before France fell, Chamberlain and a man named Halifax always thought Hitler was a man of his word so they wanted to appease Hitler. Let him have the mainland, but let England alone.  Since this is all hindsight and history for us, we understand that Hitler was a monster that could not be trusted about anything. Chamberlain was still thinking pre WW 1 years when kings and gentlemen gave their words and could be trusted to keep those words. Chamberlain wanted peace. Churchill took Chamberlains place. Now I just figured out if I went on I would be giving away the main plot of the movie so I will stop that line of thought and go back to the title.
 Appeasement, I think we have all done it at one time or another. Maybe to a child of ours or even our spouse or a good friend.  If you are like me I never liked it. If you are right, feelings of some one would probably be hurt and if you were wrong then you wonder about all your judgments and ideas.   The politically Correct churches today are appeasers. They see the idea of God as being an appeaser. Nothing could be further from the truth. Is being good going to get  a person into heaven? Is giving to the poor and needy going to get you into heaven? If you think yes then you need to read the 4 Gospels again. Jesus did say blessed are the poor, the righteous and so on.He said we do need to feed the poor and help the needy. But He did not say that would save your soul. Giving money to a church will not save your soul,sitting in a pew from childhood to old age will not save your soul. Do we try to appease God? Do we say if you do this then I will do that? God does not want appeasement. You cannot bargain with him. What He wants is you and all of you.
  To be saved is to be convicted of your sins. Know that you are a sinner. Ask for forgiveness of those sins. Ask Him to be your Savior. Repent of your sins. Once you have done that is everything going to be perfect? Are you going to be perfect, no,no, no, no. But we can start being the way Christ wants us to be. We can start living for Him and not ourselves and or satan.
  Sorry but again I felt the need to put theses things down if only for myself. I am not writing to or about any one person.
   Ben C
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End of year stuff.

This is past due.  I have been wanting to write something worth while but have failed in gathering my thoughts. Maybe it shouldn’t make a difference. This is for me to get things down “I”  feel important. I just share those things for you to read  and know more about me. I am not here to change any one or point fingers at any one person.

This past year I have seen more distrust and anxiety plus hatred than any other time since I have been on the internet. Most has to do with President Trump in office. I was never a fan of Obama but the hatred against Trump is amazing. Now I have said in the past that he was never the one I wanted as the Republican candidate. But he was and I voted for him.For the most part he has done a decent job. But is more than just him. Christians are being hated and they have done nothing different than they have done for the last 60 years.  So called politically correct [pc] churches are coming into being. Trying to sway people in by letting church be a social club. Where any one can join. They have no rules or regulations to go by.  Ever since I could read I have read about churches being social clubs. Not making any difference in peoples lives. But now too many are dropping the scriptures and adding their own rules to salvation. Such as you don’t have to accept Jesus as Savior. You don’t have to repent of anything.  What is being done is heresy. But if you say they are then you are a hater and a bigot. While they are sending people to hell.   Time to stop.  Not sure if I will ad anything or not but I do want to share what may unfold in 2018. Not a prophecy just my ideas.   Ben

Why are we scared of the unknown.

It is 2:30 on a Saturday morning. Yes I should have been asleep hours ago. But the last 45 minutes I have read about a junior high that had threats made against a speaker they wanted for a class. It was a world religion class. The speaker was to be a Muslim.  Some one made death threats against him and the teacher.  Every one of you know my Christian faith and I am not shy about telling others about it. Of course I have no idea who made the threats. It was an Ohio school I think and they cancelled the speaker. What I am mad about was it some scared to death Christian that did this. I hope it was an atheist or an aryan  thug. But from the comments I am not sure. Why as Christians are we scared of another religion? I am not saying embrace it as good as Christianity but why be scared to let a person talk about how he lives. I remember Mr. Riggs bringing in 2 Buddhist to class one time. No one got converted then.

Is it any wonder why college students have to have safe houses or are afraid to hear another person’s view. 45 minutes he would have talked. Not about making bombs or trying to sway any one to their side. Are we that ignorant or lacking of our faith and our children’s faith that we can’t hear others views. WWJD. What would Jesus do. He wouldn’t make bomb threats or not let the person speak. He would ask deep thoughtful questions and He wouldn’t be rude.  Sorry I am about to go crazy forcing myself awake.  Time for bed.

 

BEN C.   comments welcome.

Why are we scared of the unknown.

It is 2:30 on a Saturday morning. Yes I should have been asleep hours ago. But the last 45 minutes I have read about a junior high that had threats made against a speaker they wanted for a class. It was a world religion class. The speaker was to be a Muslim.  Some one made death threats against him and the teacher.  Every one of you know my Christian faith and I am not shy about telling others about it. Of course I have no idea who made the threats. It was an Ohio school I think and they cancelled the speaker. What I am mad about was it some scared to death Christian that did this. I hope it was an atheist or an aryan  thug. But from the comments I am not sure. Why as Christians are we scared of another religion? I am not saying embrace it as good as Christianity but why be scared to let a person talk about how he lives. I remember Mr. Riggs bringing in 2 Buddhist to class one time. No one got converted then.

Is it any wonder why college students have to have safe houses or are afraid to hear another person’s view. 45 minutes he would have talked. Not about making bombs or trying to sway any one to their side. Are we that ignorant or lacking of our faith and our children’s faith that we can’t hear others views. WWJD. What would Jesus do. He wouldn’t make bomb threats or not let the person speak. He would ask deep thoughtful questions and He wouldn’t be rude.  Sorry I am about to go crazy forcing myself awake.  Time for bed.

 

BEN C.   comments welcome.

November 2 and in a Quandary

Big word and I had to look it up how to spell it. The quandary is that my mind is at a stand still for this blog. Many of you may be doing flips now but I will get something out. Many things I could write on but I don’t want to rehash old trash. Things I will not write on is Trump and the Russian connection. I don’t have a clue one way or the other and my speculation would be no better than Fox or CNN.  I would like to say he had no knowledge. There still is no proof that he did. Could this bring him down. I think yes if he had prior knowledge. But I honestly don’t think he would do such a stupid thing. Hate him or like him you must say he is not stupid. Is Putin behind this  maybe but I am not sure why except to find out if he could do it. I don’t think Trump and Putin are such friends that he could get any special favors that would help Russia. Clinton would not stop him from doing anything.  I honestly think she hasn’t a clue what has been going on. But yes I am prejudice in this.  If he is guilty, then I would have no problems with Pence as president.

Well since I didn’t write about that then I might mention the upcoming SCOTUS case with the baker. Again not sure how this will work out.If the court had more true Christians on the court and not just in name only then the baker would  be a shoe in. Now what I am about to say sounds mean and hateful but I really don’t mean it to be. Every one on the Court are highly intelligent and very good lawyers. But this does not mean the baker will get a fair trial. The reason I say this I am afraid the court will look at this case as one like the 60’s civil rights trials. The 3 Jews I am sure will. But this is not the case. This not a matter of a cake not being sold to a homosexual. This is a matter of sin. Our Christian faith has a few things we should not do. One is not to help with sin. That is not give alcohol to a drunk, give money to a gambler, to help a man or woman cheat on a spouse. All sins. Helping in any way in a homosexual marriage is a sin. Whether it be a florist, preacher, photographer or a baker.  That is not denying them getting married nor is it denying them something like was done to the blacks.  If you disagree that is your privilege but I really think I am correct. Gorsuch and Thomas may know what I am talking about but I am not sure about any one else. They maybe conservative but they have little knowledge what the Bible says. Is that important? Very much so. Christianity is based on such ideas.

Halloween, like most kids I got a kick out of trick or treating. The things I remember are my first memory is my sisters dressing me as a girl. I was probably 5 and I hated every minute of it. Not even the candy helped. Second is always going with little brother Tom.  But that wasn’t really different than any other thing I did. If he could, he went along. I was never invited to any ones party and it hurt some back then but now I don’t really care. I know by the time I was too old to trick and treat the parties were pretty lame I did go too.

When I was in college we had a few good parties, at least they were fun.   But now I truly despise it. Nothing happened to me but the more I think about it the more useless it is. I am not here trying to get any one to change their minds on anything. It is the way I feel. Back to when I was a child one of the big deals of Halloween was the dumping of an out house at the blinking stop light down on the corner. Some years it was even set on fire. I don’t think they ever got caught. I have my guesses on who were the bad dudes were but they are just guesses.   Well I am going to end this quandary and maybe write some stuff later on.

 

 

LALA LAND

Well I finally broke down and rented the DVD. It took me about 30 minutes to really get into the movie.  I kept on thinking of what was the underneath theme of the movie. What was truly going on  was my mind was looking for subtle political messages some where.  Hey it didn’t have one. It wasn’t a me vs you or me against the world movie. This was truly a movie about people. People that is like me and you.  No, we don’t break into song and dance on interstate 49. But haven’t you ever wanted to. I have. Yes it is more likely we honk or yell at the person that almost hit us, but there are those times when the right song is playing that we wish we could get out and start a sing along. Well at least I do.

It also dealt with fears and wants or needs that we all have.  To go for what we think we want to do. A few of us got to try for those dreams. Some of you had those dreams met. Whether it is teaching. starting your own business, being a nurse, being an artist of some sort and living the dream. But for some of us it didn’t work out that way.  It didn’t for me. I wanted to coach basketball. I wanted to be as good as my coach in high school, Loyd Jones.  But it wasn’t to be. I went to ATU in Russellville and gave it a shot. Well I wasn’t ready or prepared for college. Not PGHS fault.  It was all mine. So was it a bust. No far from it. I met people at Tech I will always call friends. I met Christian brothers and sisters that I love deeply.

This is not supposed to be my life story, sorry but I thought about this watching the movie. I did get to coach basketball. I never won any championships but I had some good teams. I think I made the grade school and junior high boys improve from the first time we met to the end of the season.

I never got to teach any PE classes but I am teaching. I am teaching adults how to read and speak English. I have been doing it for 7 years now. I have enjoyed every minute of it. I think I do a good job and have made some good relationships from it. Hispanics, Mong, and people that were born and raised in the US. I have even helped a 3rd grader with her reading. That was truly rewarding.

What I am trying to say is that life treats us in ways that we most of the time deserve. Good or bad. That sounds mean but it is true in my life. Sometimes we get things thrown at us we never asked for or wanted.  Either we grow and deal with it or we fold and make things worse. Now that overcoming or giving up not only affects me or you it always touches those around us. I have had close friends die to early. I had a son die at 16 from cancer. I have gone through a divorce and had have gone through depression. The one constant in my life has been God. I praise Him for the good and now I have learned to praise Him when things are not so good. No brag, not always easy but it is something I want to do. He always deserves it.

Back to LALA LAND, it didn’t end with the really great happy ending that maybe we think it should have. But each got the dream fulfilled. Maybe not the way they thought it would or even should have but they did come true.  Thanks for reading. Comments always welcome.

Why I Hunt and Fish Alone

I love to fish and hunt. I will happily go with any one. Novice, beginner  or old pro. It is very fun to share a good time. Share the fishing stories or deer tales about the antlers that got away.

But now you want to know why I don’t do more of that.  2 reasons. First not many can go when I can. I am a spur of the moment type person. I get the urge and most of the time I go. Morning, or afternoon. If I need to take a lunch or drinks [tea] I will.  I can get up at 6 a.m. or leave at 2 p,m.

The other reason I go by myself is all the stupidity and clumsiness that goes on in my life. I am talking about walking through the woods and trying to be quiet when I trip and my crossbow goes one way and my body goes another. I don’t run into trees but stumps, loose rocks, thick vine roots seek me out.  Now I just wait till daylight and cock my bow when I get to my blind. Safer and I am not scared of breaking a leg. Ever notice when falling down it always seems like a movie slow motion. The other bad habit I have is going out of my blind at the wrong time. I mean I can sit for 2 hours with minimum movement and not see or hear anything but that gray squirrel that always shows up. I get up either to move a few yards or move something I have down that I think must be in a bad spot. Well I get out and set my bow down for 10 seconds and I will hear the snort or see the white flag jumping from tree to tree.

Now fishing isn’t so dangerous but I have 2 small tackle boxes.  I grab them, my 2 poles, bass, and catfish, and plus my chair. After dropping a pole, a box and then my chair every 10 yards, one at a time, I soon put some of them down and come back for them.  Next is finding the right spot. Very little weeds or logs, deep water, and a flat place to sit. Again making sure there are no rocks or roots I am sitting on. Next comes the getting the lines and poles ready to cast. After being dropped at least once the lines can be wrapped around the pole and the hooks must be found. I haven’t hooked myself putting on bait in years but they seem to come for me before the line is unwrapped. After I get the lines ready I cast. Hopefully it  goes in the direction I want. The worst is casting, the line hangs up, and then wraps around my pole again. It happens. Too much. Finally I get it out near where I want it. I wait, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes. I reel it in and either the bait is gone or just as bad, it is still there. I cast again hoping it will go where I want it.  I get a bite, I get excited. another bite and I get ready to jerk. Nothing. I reel in, no bait.  I do every thing again. Again waiting.

While waiting, I get my other reel ready. Put on the artificial bait I want and throw it out. It never moved.  I try again. Again I throw it out.  Nothing.  I check my line, it doesn’t move. I push the button 3 more times. Finally it moves. I pull it out a few feet by hand. Reel it up and cast. I duck as the lure and hook fly past my ear. I start to curse and get mad when my my other pole takes a big bend.  I rush over and jerk. I have something. It is heavy. I reel in the best I can. I get it near the shore and it is a huge snapping turtle. I can’t get the hook out. I cut the line.  I then go over to my other pole. I check the line again, 20 feet this time. I get everything set and throw it out. I get it where I want, [ close any how]. I start bring in the line and get a bite. I jerk and seem to have caught something.  I get it close to shore and everything stops.  I jerk hard. I jerk had again. The  hook goes flying past my ear.  I am going to stop here but you get my drift. I don’t mind you laughing at me reading this. It beats you laughing at me in person holding your big bass.

BEN C.