By: Susan Bea Good
I attended a Rodeo over the weekend. It was fantastic! (I’ll share my thoughts on that in a moment) Before the rodeo my family ate together at a local restaurant. I took notice of three effeminate men serving customers. And because I have not yet disarmed my moral compass, I had this thought…This is no time for men to be wimps!
Our nation was on high alert over the fourth of July, because of “chatter” between known Islamic terrorists. Thousands of our brave men and women have served, suffered, and some have died defending America. The violent world is fast encroaching on our personal liberties. This is the time when we need more real men willing to defend our families and homeland. What we do not need is more men in dresses!
Back to the rodeo. The opening included an invocation (prayer) to Almighty God, and His Son Jesus Christ…and the rest of the evening just got better from there!
Strong men and women worked their animals through a myriad of events, displaying their commitment to both husbandry (the care a appreciation of animals) and family values (the care and appreciation of children). Many of the competition Teams were composed of grandparents, children, and grandchildren from the same family. For me the highlight of the night, and an example of American exceptionalism, was the Mutton Busting.
The mutton were full grown, and in full fleece. Kids, eight years and younger, were encouraged to try and stay on the sheep for five seconds. This was a very soft version of the Bull Riding event to come last in the night’s line-up.
Dads accompanied their young boys and girls to the corral and personally placed them on the mutton, making sure a tight grip was made before releasing them to the challenge. Each child hung on to the bucking sheep as long as they could. As the rides ended dads were there to snatch their sons or daughters off again into the safety of parental protection.
The combination of parental guidance, gentleness, encouragement, and protection spoke to me of America’s greatness. Most Americans still love their children enough to guide, encourage, challenge, and protect them. Most of us are not yet consumed with worldly ambition, and lost in narcissism, and perversion. We still love the God of the Bible, the Creator of all. We are still unashamed to proclaim that men and women have distinct roles in families, and need to work together to build a strong nation.
My conclusion for this fourth of July is, America needs more strong men and women…and more rodeos!
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (I Corinthians 16:13/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eluheinu!