My friend, John Strappazon, who heads up Baptist Collegiate Ministries in Oklahoma, sent me a link to the video I’m posting today. He stopped by my office to ask, “So what do you think?” While I had just skimmed the content, I took a more analytical view and thought about the implications.
First, my job promotes the work of women in the local church. I love that women have opportunities today that are unprecedented. I love that women have educational opportunities that have afforded them the potential to obtain great dreams and aspirations. From the time I was a young girl, my father instilled in my sister and me the thought that we could be anything we wanted to be.
So while I love the advances women have made, this video does make me shudder a bit. Why? Because I so deeply want our young men to be men. I want them to be spiritual leaders in our homes. I want them to accept reponsibility, to act courageously and to fully rely on the Lord. I am honestly concerned that I see incredible young single women who would love to marry a man who meets their spiritual standards and the pool of these men seems to be shrinking.
I look at discipleship materials published for teens. It’s easy to find Bible studies for girls. But I struggle to find good material for boys. Why? They don’t sell. I find all kinds of things on girl’s ministry in the local church (which I applaud). But how are men mentoring our teen guys?
I don’t have a lot of answers. But I do have a lot of questions. What do you think?