Boys and Girls

With the recent decision by the Pentagon to allow women to be placed in front line combat units, I have been chewing on what I wanted to write regarding it for weeks now.

First, let me state that I firmly believe that women are just as capable as men of defending their lives in the face of danger.  Thank you Samuel Colt, John Browning, and the many other pioneers of modern firearm design for bridging the strength and mass gap through applied science and ingenuity.

Second, let me state that I firmly believe that the idea of placing women in front line combat units will be met with disaster.  Disaster in the combat unit integrity, mobility, combat effectiveness, casualty rates, and cohesiveness because women are not as fast or strong as men in nearly every case.  Disaster in readiness as women have been proven to break down faster under the stresses of forward deployment than men and require many times more the number of medical evacuations from the battlefield from noncombat injuries and medical conditions. Disaster culturally as the protected status of women will be forced to change to accommodate this politically-motivated maneuver.

Paula Bolyard did a great job digging into this issue.  I recommend reading her article Raising Boys Who Grow Up to Be Men Who Go to Combat With Women.

 

Evil

I have a hard time celebrating the heritage of men and women whether they are of color or not because we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord.  My wife and I are of Irish and Italian heritage respectively; those two cultures faced derision, slavery, prejudice, racism, intolerance, and brutality over the centuries, not unlike the plight of “people of color.”  Truly, it is not different from the terrible injustices done to disciples of Christ in the past two millenia and that still go on today.

So in light of that, off we go.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
    Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?

Psalm 94:16

We were made to be courageous

We were made to lead the way

We could be the generation

That finally breaks the chains

Where are you, men of courage?

You were made for so much more

Let the pounding of our hearts cry

We will serve the lord

The only way we’ll ever stand

Is on our knees with lifted hands

Make us courageous

Lord, make us courageous

We will reignite the passion

That we buried deep inside

May the watchers become warriors

Let the men of god arise

Seek justice Love mercy

Walk humbly with your god

We were made to be courageous

And we’re taking back the fight

We were made to be courageous

And it starts with us tonight

Adapted from Courageous, Casting Crowns

 

This is why we need to think harder about child safety away from home. 

Crazy things happen everywhere.  What you think is safety is an illusion.  It is a veneer on the savage nature of this world and as men it is our job to see through that veneer for what it is and demand rational steps taken to prevent harm for those most precious to us.

I don’t want to offer solutions without knowing the whole story here as we don’t know who the shooter is or what preceded the incident.

Step number one – allow willing bus drivers to carry concealed handguns for their defense and for the defense of the children aboard.  The same logic applies to willing teachers, administrators, daycare workers, church volunteers, etc…

Once we can admit that evil exists in the world, we must deal with it, and remember, the police are second responders.

Men of courage act, they do not wait for permission.

 

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