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Rules Really Do Matter

By Don Loftis | 06.22.16

Anyone who knows me very well, knows that I am not a fisherman.  The last time I dropped a hook in the water Dwight Eisenhower was finishing his second term as president.  However, a recent fishing story caught my attention.


About a year ago, Anthony Stacy claimed to have caught a Missouri record 83 pound flathead catfish.  His picture along with this massive fish was widely circulated.  After a lengthy investigation by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Stacy admitted that he had used bowfishing equipment instead of a limbline.  Bowfishing for catfish is illegal in Missouri (and many other states).  He not only lost credit for the record, but he was fined $500 for breaking the law.


We recognize the need for rules in sports, laws for highway use, and guidelines for fishing.  However, some would suggest that there should be no moral or religious laws — people should be able to live however they want to.  As a result, marriages have suffered, disease has spread, and churches have been ridiculed.  Can a society survive, if the line between right and wrong is erased?


Near the conclusion of Jesus’ sermon on the mount (Mt. 7:21), He boldly said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”  Ignoring fishing laws will get you arrested.  Ignoring the law of gravity will get you injured or killed.  Ignoring the laws of God will cost you your eternal soul.  Yes, rules really do matter!



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