Something I learned early on, in my spiritual journey, is that our young men, our sons are under constant attack. Think about it, the best approach to household disruption and destruction is to take out the head. If allowed, satan fills the heads of young men to the point, reputation and how they are perceived by their peers, become of utmost importance to them. The god "tough", the god "I got all the women", the god "I got all the money", and the god "I'll kill him/her who belittles or embarrasses me in public" take over when pride is given permission to do as it pleases. Once pride is in control, money and sex become fuel.
If we, the parents, are not pouring the right things into the minds and hearts of our kids from birth, we risk leaving them open and easy prey to a satanic society's influence, that grips like Kung Fu. As a kid, I had repeated dreams of my eldest brother dying violently, at the hands of police or gang violence. This is the first time I've ever shared this, but I would often wake from these dreams in tears and go check on my big bro to make sure he was still breathing. As a grown man and father, I had several dreams of losing my son in various ways while he was still a toddler. Such has made me psychotically protective, not only of my son, but also my daughters. I think that in reviewing these dreams, I see God highlighting the Truth I share in this post.
Our sons are under attack. They are being led astray by so much bull and nonsense that this world has to offer. Again, if we are not inoculating them with sound godly teachings, then they will suffer infection. The world is perfectly fine with our boys never growing up to be respectable, respectful men. The world is okay with us not providing the rod when necessary, parents not setting their boys straight when they talk back, allowing boys to stay in the house playing games all day rather than putting them to work in the yard (Self Conviction Right There), and raising them to be wusses, cry babies and brats. Why? Because allowing these things prevent good and strong men from being unleashed on this world of chaos and misdirection. Some may hate this next statement, but compare the caliber of men playing in the NBA, up to the early 90's to that of now. It is what it is. Better yet, it is what we allow.
When we fail to hold our boys accountable to the things that make them men, we end up with aged boys, responsible for things over which they've never known how to be responsible. We never see them get to that point where Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I responded like a child. When I became a man, I put the the ways of childhood behind me." Godly men are needed more and more each day, before we all die and go on, leaving this world to a lesser number of us. Ultimately, we need to be and do better about leading our boys to Christ, the Hope for us all. That's it: Jesus!
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams