It dawned on me recently, after watching a medley of old westerns, that I grew up in a special time. I grew up when Good Guys fought for the Right Thing and won. While there were fist fights, they were nothing like the violence we see today. Those shows had morals to them. Each one taught a lesson of some kind. THOSE were the morals with which my generation grew up. And it is those kinds of morals that impress me still today.
I don’t know if the kids growing up today have any such television shows to watch. Who are their idols? What do they value? Is there anyone they want to emulate?
As I consider my childhood and look back on my experiences to date, I appreciate and treasure those years. Having participated in prison ministry, I see how values shape individuals, how very important parents are, and how people who stand up for good STAND OUT.
My prayer is for our country today. We so need those values. The influence of those we consider role models is vital to our future.
Men I have met who have been prisoners often have a deep sense of honor – which sometimes surprises me…yet when I see it, it warms my heart. I have observed that people are amazingly resilient, but the tragic horrors that have been, and are being inflicted upon our brothers and sisters need to stop. I know there are good people out there – somewhere. Now is the time for them to shine! To those of you who are strongly convicted, who know right from wrong, who want to make a difference, I say “Now is the time.” Now is the time to stand up for this country that has served us well for over two hundred years. The Constitution defends our freedoms. Don’t let those freedoms be taken away! Too often we take freedom and the many blessings in our lives for granted. Whatever good has been instilled in you, now is the time to let it shine forth. We need you. This country needs YOU.
Yes, we all need more heroes.