PTSD–A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

This is the article I meant to link in my last post.

PTSD

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MY OPINION RE: the BSA

I have been seeing a lot of articles lately regarding the likelihood that the Boy Scouts of America will succumb to outside pressure within a few years and allow openly homosexual men as leaders, to which I say…

POPPYCOCK!!!

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Ok, now that I have let it sink in for a moment or two, let me put it in context:

I was a Boy Scout from age 11 to 18.  At age 15, I attended Buckskin TLD at Camp Emerson in California.  Everyone just called it “Buckskin,” but the “TLD” stood for “Troop Leadership Development.” The program has gone through some name changes, but the training still exists with the emphasis on training troop leadership.

Think about it. I was in hard-core LEADERSHIP training. I was taught “Manager of Learning” (MOL) principles (look it up – not lightweight fluff), how to train younger scouts using a flip chart, how to lead songs around the campfire, how plan a camp menu…in short, how to LEAD a Scout troop.

Newsflash, folks – the BSA has already voted to allow homosexuals in leadership.  I held every leadership position available to a Scout under age 18 – Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  I have no distinct memories of witnessing homosexual behavior (though there was plenty of coarse jesting about it). I definitely was exposed to a lot more deviant behavior than my Scoutmaster was aware of, including pyromania and drug abuse.  I have a distinct memory of senior Scouts putting new members through “initiation” off in the woods, which included pain and humiliation (such as being hung from a tree by rope tied to their underwear).

I had two of the best Scoutmasters one could want – one of whom was my father, and another a solid Baptist who taught us to honor God. Even so, they were not the real “leaders” of the troop. By design, they were there to be mentors and facilitators to the true leaders – the older Scouts – and they could not keep tabs on every last thing that happened; especially at a Camporee or Jamboree with hundreds of other Scouts in attendance.

In short, I can only imagine what a 15- to 18-year-old homosexual Senior Patrol Leader might deem appropriate for “initiation,” or what might happen to an 11-year-old Scout out in the woods on his first trip far from home, all without any adult involvement or knowledge.

To reiterate, people no longer have to worry about the BSA allowing homosexuals as leaders – it is a fait accompli. “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

Peace,

George

P.S. If you want an excellent father/son organization to join after leaving the BSA, give Alert Cadets a look.

PLEASE FAST AND PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT

Back when George W. Bush was elected President, it became fashionable in the Christian community to pray for the President. Thousands of people signed up for the Presidential Prayer Project, purchasing all sorts of PPP gear to show support for President Bush.

Another prayer team was formed at the same time, built as a grassroots movement with no hoopla, no coffee mugs to buy, with just one goal: encourage Christians to fast and pray for the President.  Thousands joined that group as well, but as of today only 210 are still onboard.

Please consider joining in this important work of God.  Our President, his staff, and our country need you.

http://www.fastforthepresident.com/

CODE OF CONDUCT

It is close enough to Veteran’s Day, I can still post the Code of Conduct I started working on a couple of years ago.  It is based on the Code of Conduct I had to memorize as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, adapted to the life of a Christian.

It has two versions.  The first is for husbands and fathers:

Code of Conduct

Article II am an Christian husband and father, fighting in the forces which guard my family and our way of life.  I give my life to their defense.

 Article II: I will never surrender.  As my family leader, I will never surrender the members of my family while they still have the means to resist.

 Article IIIIf the enemy attempts to capture me, I will continue to resist by all means available.  I will make every effort to aid others to escape his grasp.  I will not compromise nor make any agreement with the lies of the enemy.

 Article IVIf a family member becomes a prisoner of the enemy, I will keep faith with him or her.  I will give not take part in any action which might be harmful to my family.  Since I am senior, I will take command.  I will obey God and will back Him up in every way.

 Article VWhen questioned about my faith, I am required to give a ready answer for the hope that lies within me.  I will answer further questions to the utmost of my ability.  I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my God and family or harmful to the faith.

 Article VII will never forget that I am a Christian husband and father, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made me free.  I will trust in my God and in the saving blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

The second is for singles:

Article II am an Christian warrior, fighting in the forces which guard my faith and our way of life.  I give my life to their defense.

 Article III will never surrender.  If I am a leader, I will never surrender the brothers and sisters under my care while we still have the means to resist.

 Article IIIIf the enemy attempts to capture me, I will continue to resist by all means available.  I will make every effort to aid others to escape his grasp.  I will not compromise nor make any agreement with the lies of the enemy.

 Article IV: If a fellow Christian becomes a prisoner of the enemy, I will keep faith with him or her.  I will give not take part in any action which might be harmful to the Church.  If I am the most mature Christian, I will take command.  I will obey God and will back Him up in every way.

 Article VWhen questioned about my faith, I am required to give a ready answer for the hope that lies within me.  I will answer further questions to the utmost of my ability.  I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my God or harmful to the faith.

 Article VII will never forget that I am a Christian warrior, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made me free.  I will trust in my God and in the saving blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

– George

BREAKPOINT 09-19-2012

Today’s BreakPoint is a must-read as well, following up to yesterday’s:

 

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More than Rule Following

Virtue and Character

Eric Metaxas

September 19, 2012

Yesterday, I told you about the cheating scandal at Harvard involving half of the students in an “Introduction to Congress” class. (No, I’m not making that up!) The scandal has already cost Harvard two of its best players from last season’s Ivy League basketball champions.

But there’s more to this story than academics, basketball, or even cheating itself. It’s ultimately about character.

The students under investigation claim, as the “New York Times” put it, that “they were tripped up by a course whose tests were confusing, whose grading was inconsistent, and for which the professor and teaching assistants gave contradictory signals about what was expected.”

Not surprisingly, students facing possible suspension have threatened to sue Harvard over the matter.

I don’t know whether “contradictory signals” were given or not. But what I do know is that more than half of the class did not collaborate. Apparently, they didn’t interpret the “contradictory signals” as a license to cheat.

Events in Cambridge demonstrate the limitations of defining ethics, and especially virtue, as a matter of rules. People have an almost infinite capacity for rationalization and what lawyers and ethicists call “casuistry.” We acknowledge that lying and theft are wrong in one breath and then “explain” why what we’re doing is neither lying nor thievery, in this particular instance, in the next.

For the Christian, while rules matter, they are far from enough. The goal is not rule-keeping, it’s character and virtue.

In his book, “After You Believe,” theologian N.T. Wright uses the story of Chesley Sullenberger, the celebrated US Airways pilot who safely landed an Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after it had been disabled by a flock of geese.

According to Wright, Sullenberger’s achievement was “to have so formed his character, by thousands of small choices and learned decisions . . . that, when the test came, he did by ‘second nature’ what was required.”

This kind of “second nature” is what Wright means by “character.” Christians overcome our sinful fallen natures one “small choice and learned decision” at a time until we no longer need to consciously ask ourselves what the rules are.

Of course it isn’t only Christians. Something similar, minus the specifically-Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love, was what previous generations had in mind when they referred to a person’s “character.” In this setting, for an honest person honesty was a habit, not a matter of interpreting signals.

Unfortunately, as James Davison Hunter wrote in The Death of Character, “Character is dead. It’s time has passed.” He didn’t mean that virtues such as courage, prudence, and temperance are no longer being practiced or that our culture denies that they are good things.

Hunter meant that a “profound transformation” in America’s “moral culture” in the 20th century made it much more difficult to instruct the young about the importance of virtue. And without this instruction, character formation is, at best, difficult.

Thus, cheating is no longer a matter of “what kind of person do I want to be?” Instead, it’s “do the rules apply to me in this instance?” In other words, the stuff of lawyers.

On Monday, I’ll tell you about the alternative. It requires a certain kind of courage: the willingness to be out-of-step with the times. It’s not easy, but it’s the only road that leads back to character. Please tune in.

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