My posting has been significantly interrupted. But I had to break in and interrupt that when I read this. As usual, written in haste.
First, the fact that I am so busy is not good. On the plus side it saved me from attending the next section of the “33, The series” class at my church. In my present state I am certain I’d have spoken up when I should clam up. Best I avoid that.
I got to vicariously experience my hypothetical outburst by parsing this FL article. It is, yes, more of the same as evidenced by the title, “5 Ways men Need to Step Up”. It rises….er….falls, or something, to a new high/low of inanity. It provokes new cliche coinage, probably it already exists in Punjabi or some other Waziri tongue … something like, “Vision can yet be robbed from a born with no eyes”.
Families are a mess and Family Life explains why.
Its the dang weather
The relentless, howling winds of a culture of divorce have uprooted the family tree, and with it at least two generations of men. With our high divorce rates and the increasing number of births to single women, the number of children in the United States who live in a single-parent household has more than doubled since 1978.
Its boys and the aging process
A child is a victim
Children are the innocent victims of this raging storm
But….when a male child grows into a man and the social pathologies manifest, he is a target.
The bottom line: Dad is AWOL in far too many homes today.
No matter if he is forbidden by law, enforced by police so eager to show that they are pro woman that they would arrest a man shot through the forehead, dead, for abuse if his body fell against the wife holding a smoking gun.
Its the hood
Many young people grow up today in areas where the only adult male role models they know are live-in boyfriends or gang leaders.
Its that women can’t even find a half decent man anymore
The fallout has only just begun: a crop of weak young men and frustrated women who are looking for real men.
Many of [these young men] grapple with fear. … I think that the dismantling of our families over the past 50 years or so has almost institutionalized fear and uncertainty.
They are fearful of assuming responsibility and taking the initiative in charting direction.
Think so? Really? Or are they fearful because to assume responsibility must be wrenched from wench?
Its some-other-thing, a sixth thing in a five item list, some external “they” or “it”
Divorce, the rise of single-parent households, and the tragic assortment of abuse and dysfunction in our families have produced a generation with many young people who are afraid of risk, and afraid to make mistakes.
Its the liberal colleges and their hamuhsekshuyal agenda
My son came home one weekend from his university—a large southern school not exactly known for being the center for liberal thought—and shared with me that he had been taught in class that there weren’t two sexes but five: male, female, homosexual male, homosexual female, and transgender. No wonder young men are confused and young women are left wondering where the real men are! We’re living in a multiple-choice culture: Are you an A, B, C, D, or E? Male sexuality and identity have become a bewildering array of options. [my emphasis]
As I read this, the part in bold is the Shi’ite that broke the camel’s back.
Its the Creator…men are made to quality specs women understandably reject
So thank goodness there are discerning men to find the scriptures to guide us in our mess.
The Bible tells many stories of good men behaving badly—single men, married men, and fathers gone mild or gone wild through compromise, lust, murder, jealousy, anger, passivity, or cowardice. Scripture paints men as they really are
Its that the service has really gone down hill lately
A man serves and leads his family. Those two words—serve and lead—may seem like a contradiction, but they are inseparable according to Scripture. While the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:23 that “the husband is the head of the wife,” he quickly puts to rest any notions that this leadership allows any form of selfish male dominance. He completes the sentence with “as Christ also is the head of the church.”
Its that men still read and are churched that Ephesians is license to be brutes
This paints a picture of leadership that is contrary to how the world views it. A man is called to be a servant-leader
Its the increasing femininity in men
We are left with a legacy of men who in varying degrees have been feminized.
A-flipping-mazing. No, no, no, not the cognitive dissonance. The waste of words, the failure to get to the point, such loquaciousness in light of how simple a point underlay it.
Its men’s fault. Well, plus all those things listed to dilute plain self serving male self effacement…the pinnacle of male Christian virtue.