I am not fan of sports as I have mentioned in previous blogs. However it is hard to ignore the amazing amount of new stories coming out about both Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o and the stories of greatness turned to shame.
For Armstrong we see his greatness taken down by a decade long lie and Te’o's story is just not starting to be pieced together. Both men seemed like the kind of men that others could look up too and aspire to be like. Only to find that both stories contain pieces of a lie.
Let me be clear though from the start, I think we all do this. If you have ever filled out your resume you know that there is a bit of shining that gets put on it. Your previous jobs always seem a bit more important than they really were and your responsibly in past projects always has you coming out like the shining hero. The only difference is that we aren’t famous and reporters don’t come digging for details in our lives.
i don’t think we should judge the men. Yes take the action that needs to be taken so that justice is served and lies are revealed, but don’t point fingers when we all do the same things in some form or another to make ourselves look good too.
We should stand back and realize that what we are seeing happen in the media is just a bigger picture of what the human condition is: this ongoing building up of idols to serve our purposes. However these idols always fail us and fall down.
Acknowledging this we have two options. We can either go and try to find another hero in the world that sounds and looks amazing and wait for their fall to come or we can go to the hero that has never failed and never will, Jesus.
The subject of idols within our lives is far to large a subject to speak about in only one blog post. So I would recommend that you buy Mark Driscoll’s new book “Who Do You Think You Are?”
So what does this tell us about the Gospel? That it’s real! That hero’s like Armstong and Te’o's always fail us, but Jesus never does. Pray for both men and run to Jesus.
I was reading through some articles on CNN today and was very pleased to come across Josh Levs’ article “No more dumb old dad: Changing the bumbling father stereotype”. Levs’ states in the article that the stereotypical dad one sees on television, whether that be on shows or in the commercials, are almost always ‘dumb’ dads that can hardly take care of themselves.
I have noticed this for a while now. Every cartoon I have watched with my daughter with great consistency always seems to have a dad that is either a child himself or always needs help doing something. A perfect example of this is in the clip below:
If you have time to read the article you should. It tracks the progression of the stereotype as well as naming some companies, including Huggies, that are working to fix the stereotype by putting out commercial’s that show that dads taking care of their kids:
The irony in all of this is that the commercials have received back lashing saying that it makes Dads look dumb. I guess in this case you can’t win or losing.
I’m glad that someone is addressing this on a larger scale. I personally am sick of seeing dad after dad on television look like an idiot. It setup a standard of what a dad looks like within a child’s mind. It also lets us dads off to easy. If we assume the bar is so low then, some of us, will just try hard enough. I have seen men, because no one challenges them, simply do what they ‘have to do’ in order to be considered a good dad or husband.
If all that is expected of me is to go to work and fix things the the bar isn’t very high. It there is an expectation for me to not remember birthdays or anniversaries then I don’t really fill bad when I do. I’ll just play the dumb man card and get off the hook.
Women, raise that bar a bit for your husband.
Husbands, stop being ok with ‘good enough’ and be the man you where meant to be.
“You not a leader cause they follow you on twitter
And you not a man based up on your age and your gender
If you die tonight you’ll die a boy
Chasing toys objectifying these women thinking they going bring you joy
Don’t you want more than last night’s braggin rights
What’s yo life?” – Song: No Regrets Artist: Lecrae Moore