There have been many great men (and women) who have gone before us and done great things. But lately our headlines seemed to be dominated by monsters. A kidnapping rapist, random bombers, Mother’s Day shooters and on and on.
My suggested method of dealing with such monstrosities is simple: After the monster is caught, you have a quick Judge Parker-type hearing, proceed to the town square and hang them. That’s how I would do it if I were King. I guess it’s good I’m not.
So, how do we stop this proliferation of homegrown terrorists who decide to end lives, ruin families and leave a horrific, indelible stamp on their victims and their families?
I was thinking back when I was a younger dad trying to raise three kids the "right way." I don’t know if I succeeded, but I gave it a shot.
I was exposed to a great pastor by the name of Robert Lewis, then the senior pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. He led an incredible group of men through a three-year course called "Men’s Fraternity."
From the website: "Men’s Fraternity was designed to help men come together and strengthen each other through weekly sessions that combine biblical teaching and small-group interaction. " Robert would lead the session with a 30-minute or so lecture more or less based on his own life.
The lessons would take you through the everyday job of being a man, whether you be single or married. His challenge was to live life like the great adventure it was designed to be.
The bottom line of the course was that it was hard being an adult male raising children. It still is. It is very difficult to be a great role model, mediate conflicts within a family and know what the right call is when faced with a difficult decision.
But Robert’s premise was that if you were equipped with the right information and had a group of guys around you to listen, then you were more likely to do the right thing.
The series still lives on the internet and churches all over are still presenting it. Check it out at mensfraternity.com.
In 1997, Robert wrote a book called "Raising a Modern Day Knight." It’s all about how to raise your son. It is cleverly written and provides invaluable advice on showing your son a path and direction to live his life based on the tenets and honor of a Medieval knight.
Maybe if some of these monsters had had strong dads with a plan to show them a pathway, some of these senseless atrocities might have been avoided.
Getting involved with young men and women is our only hope. We can’t leave their training to chance. Teach a class, coach a team, be a mentor, volunteer in schools. Do something. You’ll make a difference. Get involved with a young person and you’ll change a life
Maumelle Monitor Price Increase
Even though I don’t get paid to write this column, I still have to buy my own paper. I have asked for a complimentary subscription, but have been denied so far. When I bought last week’s paper I was surprised that it gone up to 75 cents an issue! Most newspapers announce price increases, but the Monitor just sprang it on us in the night.
I complained to the editor and of course, like any good editor, he said it wasn’t his decision. It was made by "higher ups." So what do you do? Quit the buying the paper? We hope not.
Subscribe to the paper. Even though the paper didn’t run ads last week promoting this option, you can easily do by calling 1-855-774-6802 and subscribing for $27 if you live in Pulaski County. You save $25 a year when you become a subscriber.
Newspapers may turn out to be their own worst enemy. Most young folks don’t buy a hard copy of any paper. The read everything online for free. And there are tons of places to get free content.
Support your local paper. It’s the only place you’ll read what our city council is up to, what’s happening in our local schools and who can’t walk a straight line on Saturday.
See you on the Boulevard. And keep it between the lines.
Neal Moore owns a creative consulting firm, Neal Moore Creative. He has lived in Maumelle over 10 years. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Facebook or on Twitter, @kneelmore.