pickup was not in my stocking or driveway, so I still have room. I have a
visiting dog that would look really nice in a pickup. Kona—not named after the
coffee—loves to adventure including jumping in an open vehicle door to go joust
with squirrels or ride to Staples. She rides straight up looking out the
windshield and pawing at my hand to pet her.
Noting the bright
sun, I decided we would run to Staples and since Starbucks is close, we would
get a cup and sit in solar heat warming the car to read and pray. I was very
comfortable enjoying the beautiful day, reading a stimulating book and drinking
coffee. Kona wasn’t into coffee, reading or praying. Restless, indicating the
seat wasn’t large enough to fit her; serious boredom settled in. So we packed
it up and went home. Kona was really glad to see Carole.
I was looking
forward to the prayer time—I really needed it. I heard someone say yesterday,
“We live in a toxic social and cultural atmosphere.” My rule has been
you can live in your toxic world if you want to. Just stay away from me! Toxic
people just don’t worry about it. Every male leader I know is talking about the
state of manhood from declining sperm count to testosterone, and how current destructive
chatter is that a male presence on the earth was Mother God’s biggest mistake.
running for the Presidency in 2020 are running on the platform of diminishing or
exiling men. They sound like they interned for a veterinarian. But these women—not
all of them ladies, as described by an earlier age—sneak onto news broadcasts
to say, “Oh! Just sit down and shut up. And while you’re doing that stand
up and do something right for a change.” Think what they intend to do with
So I really
needed to pray. To be delivered from the permeating fog, to renew my mind, to
gain wisdom as James 1:5 promises and to rediscover true north. And clarity
would be good.
specialist, Dr. Caroline Leaf, says that thoughts become energy. That energy
can fill the atmosphere and infect bystanders. We need positive, creative
atmospheres to overcome the negative energy that can become demonic and lethal.
Mansfield, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Senator Ben Sasse, Brett McCay (Art of
Manliness), John Eldridge & Sons are talking about destruction in the wake
of generations of males who did not learn how to be men. Growing in a culture
of women, boys have few or no models of manhood and few close adult male friends
who conferred status. (Only other males can confer manhood. “You are the
man!”) Representative Trey Gowdy tells stories of a friend of his father
who was instrumental in Gowdy’s learning what a man does and what describes
him. Like a tribe or an uncle.
described the results of holiday spending
and the downward expectation of major retailers’ projected earnings. It also
describes the mental-emotional and spiritual effect upon families, cities and
nations when confident, competent men are photo shopped out of the picture.
We live in
chaos. Rudderless and few anchors. That is why we are also living in addiction.
Those who monitor our rivers say there are measurable amounts of anti-anxiety
and anti-depression drugs in the water. It is how we manage the craziness and
the negative energy blown into our faces and souls like second-hand smoke, but
many times more toxic. The men and women who are not talking about manhood are
writing and talking about depression and anxiety. The opioid crisis and the
things above are a connected network—the dots connect.
“Socrates taught, it is almost impossible to educate someone with an answer until he or she is invested in asking a question.” (Senator Ben Sasse, The Vanishing American Adult, St Martin’s Press, 2017)
The lack of
curiosity or belief that there are answers to the chaos leading to demise of
civilization and downward thrust of all things civil keeps people from searching,
seeking , asking. I was going to pray for a Great American Awakening that fits
the current culture. I have a small clue what it might look like. It probably
won’t look anything like those of the past.
My wife was folding
blankets the other morning and said to me,
to put the night away”
like a clarion call to me.
approached Dwight L. Moody to say, “I don’t like the way you do
evangelism.” He responded, “I like my way of doing it more than the
way you’re not doing it.”
I don’t know
if a wall (regardless of building materials) is the best way to deal with the
southern border. I listen to the pro-barrier people and to opponents. I’m not
hearing any other solutions. None! I want to hear a better plan with every
rejection of the one proposed. Give me your alternative plan!
In a morning article, a mother talked about how the current attacks on boys and men are affecting her grade school son. As attacks on boys and men grow more outrageous, an entire generation has a stereotypical reputation that is dubbed as projected adolescence.
There are solutions. I like Senator Ben Sasse’s thinking as outlined in his book “The Vanishing American Adult.”
It is indeed
time to put the night away. To this point, I like what Ben Sasse sees as the
plan to build adults, to build character and rebuild a nation. I will repeat
his plan in my next communiqué. He calls them “Five Character-Building
© D. Dean Benton — Writer, Wonderer, Witness