“Most dads accept that part of the job is a willingness to be the unfashionable one; that is, to love enough to speak unpopular truths when the world cheats your children with fifty shades of grey.” Bill McGurn, in his article entitled Dad Meets the Sexual Revolution, pines for the day when dads “might again speak honestly and openly about the profound differences between male and female sexuality, when the heart might be taken as seriously as the orgasm – and when young men pursing young women might even rediscover the marvelous possibilities of moonlit summer evenings.”
Male and female are unique and quite different. If this were not the case we would not need red tees on the golf course and women would play three out of five set matches just like the men on the pro tennis tour. Instead of celebrating what are certainly complimentary differences between masculinity and femininity, the politically correct mantra is to promote gender neutrality in the name of equality. But equality is not synonymous with sameness. Dads are to encourage their daughters and sons to be the best they can be with the gifts they have been given. It is also important to teach gender uniqueness and the beauty of God’s design as male and female in order to pass on generational clarity on sexuality and healthy relationships.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2. Pressure to conform to more progressive social norms has moved to a new level with the introduction of political correctness. The irony of course is that under the guise of tolerance there is increasing intolerance toward those who do not conform. Political incorrectness is consistent with transformation by the renewing of your mind through the word of God. When it comes to raising a family to be a Kingdom influence in this world, it important to know that conformance to the pattern of this world is not the call.
Confusion exists around what healthy relationship and sexuality are all about. The proliferation of pornography and the divorce rate have contributed mightily to the confusion. Dads and moms have the prime opportunity to lead by example and provide a daily education on healthy relationship and sexuality in the home. It takes intentionality and boldness but it must start in the home. We have a mandate to be politically incorrect as we raise a Godly generation to have a Kingdom influence in this world.
Prayer guide: Thank You Lord for the opportunity to be Your representative in family. I confess passivity toward the ever-aggressive social norms and the associated pressure that is political correctness. Forgive me. You put me here to raise Kingdom kids not worldly kids. I commit from this day forward not to conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed through Your word to be the husband and father my family needs. Help our home and church provide the education the next generation needs to walk in Your design for healthy relationship and sexuality. Amen.
A faithful father takes a politically incorrect stand in raising daughters and sons.