When Manly Virtue Died

One of the “games” I play with my children when we watch TV together – whether an actual program or a commercial – is when I ask them this question: What do you learn about men in this program? The answer is most often, “That men are the dumbest people on the planet.”

It seems that with every passing year the male characters on TV are dropping IQ points. If this is still a response to the way women were treated in TV’s early years, then I think it’s safe to say that the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and gotten stuck.

Below is a good article on a related subject by Suzanne Fields

These are difficult and perilous times for boys. A distorted culture has robbed them of virtue to measure themselves against. The good once associated with masculinity in a patriarchal society has been tossed out with the bad. This, alas, is the era of feminist ascendency.

Manhood is more easily mocked, satirized and derided, or exposed for its villainy, exploitation and criminality, than held up as an ideal for boys to aspire to. We’ve always had rogues, rascals and villains, but until now we’ve also had a baseline, a common denominator, of what it means to be a man. Male-female cultural distinctions, once blurred, now are disappearing.

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I Don’t Feel Like My Life Has Purpose

from Pat Morley at Man in the Mirror

A frustrated young man in his teens asks me, “What’s the point? What is my life supposed to be all about?” A man in his late sixties, with tears in his eyes, tells me, “I don’t know what to do. I just don’t feel like I have any reason to get out of bed in the morning.” Whether we’re young or old, no unmet need troubles men more deeply than feeling like our lives have no purpose. It starts growling when we’re young, and until it’s satisfied in God’s way, it will just keep chewing you up. Men tell me all the time that they feel like their lives lack purpose.

We could sum it up like this: A man has an urgent need to feel that his life has a purpose, that his life is going somewhere, that he has a reason for living, and that his life is not random. Yet most men don’t know God’s purpose for their lives.

I’ve got great news for you. God has a “Big Holy Audacious Goal”-a BHAG-for your life. Come and get the answers you need to live a life filled with purpose and direction. It’s going to be a great day!

If you would like to watch Pat Morley teach a Bible study lesson on this topic, click here.

Courageous Fatherhood

from Charles Colson at Christianity.com

These men fight crime, maintain justice and protect the most vulnerable in society. No, they don’t patrol the streets in squad cars or wear uniforms or badges (at least not the majority). But their job isn’t all that different from the job of law enforcement.

I’m talking about fathers and the roles they’re called to fulfill. The comparison is the theme of a new movie from Sherwood Pictures, the makers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants – actually a Baptist church doing a great getting these kinds of films into popular culture.

It’s called Courageous, getting a real buzz in the Christian world deservedly, but what really strikes me about it is the lesson it teaches about something I’ve been working on for 35 years: Those with the most power to prevent crime are dads.

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