This is an incredible article by Russell Moore. I encourage all of you, along with your husbands and older sons, to read it. He writes that men are not learning to read and ponder wisdom anymore. Instead, they fill their minds with visual stimulation to satisfy their need for sex and war.
Pornography satisfies their need for sex without having to pursue and maintain a relationship with a flesh and blood woman. It is a master deception created by Satan to destroy men and their families. Video games satisfies their need for war without ever having to sacrifice their lives through working hard or putting their lives on the line for their families. Both of these distractions are highly addictive and destructive.
He blames a lot of it on the lack of reading men do today. They no longer read the Bible or inspirational books. They want to be entertained more than they want to contemplate deep and important truths. They don't want to grow up and be men.
So how can we, as wives and mothers, prevent our sons from falling into this trap? Hide God's Word in their hearts so they won't sin against Him. Have daily devotions with them as they are growing up. Immerse them in God's Word.
I homeschooled my boys through junior high and they would spend several hours every day reading. I had them read biographies of men of deep faith. They loved these kinds of books the best. Give them good literature. Teach them to love reading. Both my sons love to read to this day.
Don't let them play video games for hours a day. Set a limit, then tell them to go outdoors and play in the fresh air and sunshine.
I love how he ends this article ~ Let's teach our men to make love, and to make war . . . for real. Prepare them to be hard-working men who grow up to want to get married, love one woman for life, and be prepared to die defending their family.
I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong,
and the word of God abideth in you,
and ye have overcome the wicked one.
I John 2:14