Today’s post provides unique insight into the American male and how you can become a warrior.
Be sure to listen to our interview with retired LTG Jerry Boykin for unique insight into how a father can model manhood for the next generation.
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LTG Jerry Boykin has an impressive resume. Serving for the US Army for 36 years LTG Jerry Boykin was one of the original members of the US Army’s Delta Force. He was responsible for commanding the Delta Force in military missions. After that he commanded the US Army’s Green Berets. Finally, in his last four years of service, he served as the deputy under the secretary of defense for intelligence.
Since his military career, he has become an ordained minister and is passionately serving Christ as the Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council. He is also the author of the book Never Surrender – A Soldier’s Journey to The Crossroads of Faith and Freedom.
If anyone is capable of helping fathers set a Christ-like example of what it means to be a man in today’s culture, it is today’s guest.
God’s Design for Men: Become a Warrior
A man is suppose to be a warrior.
A warrior is a person that is confident in what he holds dear, can identify his enemy, and will protect the things he holds dear by intervening on the enemies attempts to cause harm.
He will fight.
Sadly, this is not a concept that is nourished or promoted in today’s church.
The Result of a Missing Warrior
As a result, in our families, there is a lack of discipline and an increase in narcissism in young boys.
It takes a lot of will power to overcome and be disciplined. Something many men are missing.
One solution to being the warrior for your son and teaching him discipline is to spend more time with him. Once a week set aside father/son time and do something active such as: fishing, hiking, camping, sporting events, etc.
This will provide your son with the security in knowing you are there for him when things get tough.
When the Going Gets Tough… Continue the Fight
There are a lot of parents that struggle with rebellious teens. When a teen wanders in the house stoned, parents are more disengaged and afraid of doing what it takes to control their teen. To fight for what they hold dear.
One reason for this is parents are afraid of government interference on the parental rights.
You need to be confident and realize that disciplining a child will bring you discomfort; but, its not about you, its about your son and the future of your family.
As the father you must make hard decisions in regards to saying no. Kids will do what they want to do if a warrior does not intervene.
Find out more about LTG Jerry Boykin
You can stay connected with our guest by the following:
- Want a copy of “Never Surrender?” You can obtain a copy here
- Find out more about the Family Research Council
- Connect with LTG Jerry Boykin via Facebook or on Twitter @GenBoykin
Conversation Starter: What are some other hurdles fathers face in raising up boys?