The recent murder of Alfie Evans by his own government has brought some sharp focus into my life. The world is full of tragedies and many of us are emotionally moved by them, but ultimately we accept the conclusion that there is nothing we can do about it. We wipe our tears, shrug our shoulders, and move on with our daily lives. We hope that “someone” with some level of power or money or influence will step up and do what we can’t. We rationalize and excuse our own inaction, but modern technology doesn’t really leave room for that.
When teenagers can become famous for streaming video of themselves playing first person shooter games and “challenges” online can get the attention of media, celebrities, and politicians worldwide, we are out of excuses.
It is not up to a president, a congressman, a senator, a judge, celebrities or famous athletes to take a stand. It is up to us, the common man and woman, the general population, that far out number those we see as having the most power or influence. We are the foundation of change. Our actions, our lives, our homes, our families. To combat the tragedies of this world men need to become men once again. And the first step in that is making a relationship with God the corner stone of our lives. God called men to be the head of the house and when they are actually man enough to take on that role their family is healthy. I am not saying men should be tyrants that control their women and scare their children. I am saying men should be committed to living their lives to serve and honor God. To being man enough to lead our families in worshiping and honoring God. To being man enough to stand up and say the world is not full of shades of grey, God says “This is wrong” end of discussion. My father is that kind of man and he has always been my hero because of it. He’s never made a lot of money. He’s never been a superbowl winner. He’s never been on national tv. But most importantly he has never been absent from my life. My father is my hero just because he was there for me, Christ is his corner stone, and our family has always been surrounded with Gods truth.
The key to saving the world is first saving our families. When the family is right, the church follows. And when the church is right, the community follows. When the community is right, the town follows. When the town is right, the city follows. When the city is right, the county follows. When the county is right neighboring counties follow. See where I’m going with this? Counties make states and states make our country. And our country can be “the shining city on a hill” again. But we have to start at the foundation, therefore IT IS UP TO THE MEN IN AMERICA TO STAND UP AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY. It is time that men commit themselves to getting back to God, to being the leader in their family, to being the heart throb of their wife, and the hero to their children.
So how does the murder of Alfie Evans tie into this? The complete absence of heroes, of men who were willing to stand up and refuse to be a part of his murder is appalling. Not one judge had enough sense of morality to declare that government does not have the authority or power to end the life of an innocent? Not one doctor, who took an oath to do no harm, understood that allowing a child to succumb to dehydration, starvation, and suffocation is harmful to that child? Not one police officer, all of whom swear an oath to uphold fundamental human rights, knew that Alfie had the God given fundamental right to live? Or is it that they knew, and just don’t have the spines to take a stand. I understand having responsibilities to your family, I understand that standing up against the system and the culture has risks. I know I am asking men today to pay the price of the decisions previous generations made. I know that we have inherited the world our fathers and grandfathers didn’t prevent. But if we aren’t willing to pay that price now, an even harsher one will fall on our children. It is time again that men pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to each other, our families, and Natures God. It is time to be the new greatest generation.