I don’t know who the photographer is or I would give credit.
I’ve often wondered, what would motivate a man, in a world full of evil, to put himself and his family, in a position where he cannot defend them? I think maybe complacency could be one reason. Seeing that we have lived in a somewhat safe environment and crime has been relatively low, at least in my part of the country. Sometimes I wonder if it is because men have been de-masculinated in our culture. Maybe it’s because they have given up their responsibility to the government. It could be they just don’t understand the increasing danger life presents or the responsibility they have. The answer is probably all the above.
As we degenerate as a society, crime will increase. It already has, just look at the statistics. The need for a man’s ability to protect his family has increased. My question is, are you ready for it? Many are not. Many will have to look themselves in the mirror after they or their family have become a victim of crime. I can not imagine the shame and guilt while looking in that mirror and realizing my son or daughter was killed because I did not do my job as their father. God will forgive, but will you be able to forgive yourself?
As a Father, the responsibility to protect and defend your family is one of the most important responsibilities given to a man by God. Many men think that their responsibility ends with providing. It doesn’t. They work all day, put all their energy into work, come home and plop down in the chair, watch football, go to bed and get up in the morning and do it all again. Pretty much that’s what their life consists of. Oh, they may go to a little league game to watch their child or a school play, because their wife insists. But, they leave the rearing of their children to their wife or worse to the public school system. They have no real involvement in their children’s life or upbringing. They have bought the lie that if they provide food and a roof, they have done all they’re required to do. Bologna!
Stu Webber in his book Tender Warrior, discusses God’s meaning of the word provision. Webber says the emphasis is on the vision part of the word not the pro part. A man is to be a visionary, looking outside the doors of his home and to the future and asking questions. Then the man is to prepare for those things he has identified. He is to cast a vision for his family; his wife and his children. The vision is cast by talking about the things he has seen outside his door, what he has learned in God’s word and how they relate to each other. He is to communicate all of these things to his family by talking about them when he walks, when he stands, and when he sits. He is to cast a vision so his family will understand. Understand why he does the things he does. Understand how God has designed the world to operate. What trouble he sees on the horizon. How they are going to deal with it. This vision casting provides security for a wife who by design is home and security oriented. It also provides her with the information she needs so she can fulfill her God-given role in the family. Also, this vision provides security and understanding for a man’s children. Security because they see God is in control and Dad has it covered. Understanding of how God designed life to operate. If a man does these things he will be ready when the trouble comes, he can confidently stand on the promise of God, that when a child is taught these things he will not depart from them.
“Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families.”