I remember when I was a boy, all the men of my community had the authority to correct and discipline any youth when it was necessary. Today it is a different situation. We are living at the stage in the history of mankind where too many young men have no regard for the adults around them and believe that they can and should do whatever feels good. If you travel on any public transport in New York City, you can see and hear the foul language and rude, lawless and lewd behavior of some youth in the presence of their elders. Even more tragic is that some of this behavior is from young girls! How did this happen? What is going on?
The first typical response is to blame the youth. This is incorrect. We have to first look at the adults, especially the men in our society. Young people see preachers preach one thing and practice the opposite, rich men commit crimes and don't get punished, politicians make promises and never keep them, parents do wrong and tell the child "do what I say and not what I do"; businessmen use sex and violence to exploit women and youth in movies, videos and the internet and call it "just doing business" - Hollywood, BET and MTV are good examples; talk show hosts tell people to do whatever feels good and that there is no absolute truth nor right or wrong. In other words "Do whatever feels good to you". Sounds familiar?
More than 2,000 years ago the Bible predicted that these things will happen.
2 Timothy 3: 1-5 says:
"You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that"
Surprised? So you thought that the Bible was an irrelevant book? In the last 30 years, young people have seen this type of behavior from adults more and more. Our youth are the product. But there is hope if more men would begin to stand up for truth, holiness and righteousness instead of worrying about what "society" thinks or what is popular. Popularity is temporary, but holiness, righteousness and truth are eternal. It is time for more men to stop seeking power, position, and titles and I believe, get to know God through Jesus Christ, who is the source of every good thing. Young people would follow such men of integrity, courage and wisdom. A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a birthday card which said:
• This world needs more real men and fewer pretenders
• More courage, fewer excuses
• More wisdom, less egotism
• More stepping up to the plate and less beating around the bush
• More leaders, fewer players
• More muscle, less beef
• What this world needs is more men of character.
I could not have stated it better myself. Every woman would want such a man for a father, brother or husband. So men, let us take up the challenge and fulfill that call.