outdoortruths 03 300KENTUCKY (7/6/14) — Just drive down the road and you can learn a lot about someone.

For instance, if I see a truck with a NRA bumper sticker and a Browning logo surrounded by camo accents, I’m sure they will pretty much help me if I have a need of any kind. On the other hand, let someone drive by in a convertible Volvo with a bumper sticker that says “real men play polo,” and I know pretty much that I’m on my own. You say I’m profiling. I say you have an amazing grasp of the obvious. Yes I am and so do you. I actually see this in real-time almost every week.

I own a 2012 Toyota Tundra and a 1996 Honda Passport. The Honda is my preferred hunting and fishing vehicle. It goes no more than about 15 miles in one direction. While my camo’d Toyota turns some heads at times, my Honda turns noses – mostly up. The chicks don’t dig it and neither does anybody else. I can remember one time predicting that I would be pulled over by a Park Ranger. I had passed his parked car on the way to a hunt. His friends were just below my turn and had set up a roadblock. Fortunately since I was turning before the roadblock, I would not have to be checked. But as I passed him, I knew he would assume I had simply tried to avoid it and would pull me over. I was right and I don’t believe he would have done that if I had been in my Toyota. After sifting through the dirt in my back seat, checking my license, tags, and carry permit he realized that his judgment was wrong.

Now before you condemn him for profiling me, let me assure you that you would have done the same thing. It’s natural and to deny this makes the deny-er untruthful. (The greatest blunder by my park ranger would have been if he had honestly denied that he was profiling) In fact, we all decide to be looked at in a particular way. We put camo and a gun sticker on our truck so others will see us a certain way. Many luxury car dealers advertise specific cars as being a symbol of success. We even buy certain clothes because they are embroidered with a logo that only the rich can afford. We do all of this because we want others to categorize us. Just ask the millionaire who decides to become homeless for a week or the preacher who dresses up as a vagrant to see how his congregation will accept him, if all of this matters. They will tell you it does.

We are all perceived and we all perceive others by certain visual criteria. We also perceive ourselves by those criteria. God doesn’t. He sees the heart and while He probably could not care less about what we wear or what we drive, He does care about the value we put on things that will rot, rust, or ruin.

So go ahead and enjoy whatever God has blessed you with but remember the greatest class to be put in, is the class of those who value a right heart.

Gary Miller This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.  

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
1 DOW 17,745.98
-5.41 (-0.03%)    
2 S&P 2,108.63
+0.06 (0.00%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,128.79
+17.05 (0.33%)    

Most Read This Week

July 27, 2015 5493

Death of Central City Man in Dawson Springs Under…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 3701

School System Announces Free Lunch/Breakfast at…

by SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 2311

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 28, 2015 2293

Hanson, Owensboro, Bowling Green Youths Win at…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 2194

Family Needs Help in Paying 18-Year-Old's Funeral…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

July 02, 2015 19667

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 17, 2015 15900

Muhlenberg Most Wanted - Top 10

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 29, 2015 2311

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 28, 2015 2027

Heavy Rains, Two Wrecks Impede WKP Travel

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 2004

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 29, 2015

by SurfKY News
July 30, 2015 1662

Webster Man Leads Police on Chase through Parts…

by SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 1443

PPD Warns Public: Beware of Facebook Scam

by SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 1296

24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 1183

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 1047

Local Teen Cited on Charges for Alleged…

by SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 971

Hanson City Council Discusses Boundaries, Zoning

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 742

Yeti Spotted at Hanson Pharmacy

by SurfKY News