A number of years ago, I was having a conversation with a preacher at a church we attended. We disagreed with an interpretation of scripture. He basically told me that the church believes it this way and I needed to change my belief.
It wasn’t long before we left that church.
As I look back at it, I completely respect his position. In a world that caters to the individual to be all inclusive, he took a stand and so did I. No hard feelings.
Today; this all inclusive mandate is affecting men, women, kids, families, organizations, etc. People are quick to ditch their values or opinions in order to not appear politically incorrect. Every time one “goes along to get along”, I believe we lose a tiny bit of who we are. And it’s a slow death.
Diversity is great. I love others that have strong opinions. Whether I believe them right or wrong, I respect the hell out of them for having a backbone. I believe this character trait is being drained from our youth. Unless you are voicing a strong “correct” opinion about the latest popular issue, you will find yourself shunned as a young person.
My only point is to encourage a man to focus on his core beliefs so his family can take a cue. I’m not saying be inflexible in life. That is not an example I want to set. Flexibility but within my frame. I want to remain true to myself and what I believe at all times.
I don’t have to scream it but I do have to live it to be an authentic example of a masculine role model for those under my charge. What do you believe? Will you defend it when the time comes? I hope so.