Boomer Men

In World Magazine: The Sergeant Schulze Generation. An article caught my eye remember him from Hogan’s Heroes? He was the bumbling German prison guard whose most remembered phrase was, “I see nothing, NOTHING.

The article states that many baby boomers look at our cultural wreckage and respond the same way: “I see nothing, nothing” and therefore do nothing.

I have heard it said that boomer men are complacent and not really caring. Are we really like that? Certainly not all of us and hopefully not boomer men of faith, I don’t believe it…do you? Among the couples we have for friends that are boomers, they are all active in their churches and other ministries. Two mentor young men, one runs a tract ministry, and another is on the worship team and so on. I believe we are eager to get out there and do something when God directs us to ministries. We can do much to reach this sin-sick world that we live in, but sometimes it’s just hard to find the opportunities. One thing many of us can do is to mentor, to reach the fatherless in our churches – reaching into their world from our world.

What breaks your heart? Think about that. When I was asked that question, my answer was, “Young men without dads in their lives.” So then, what’s the answer? Find what breaks your heart, and then break your back fixing it. We can’t fix it unless we reach out to mentor a young man in your church – just one young man. He needs you!

Boomer men of faith, you have a job to do, and it’s never too late to start. Ask God where you can minister and reach out to people. He may speak to you about other areas of ministry, and that’s great. However, I want to encourage and challenge each of you to pray about the fatherless crisis in America. You have stories to share with a young man that change their outlook and attitude, and they have stories to share with someone who will just listen, care and be there for him.

It’s not hard to find a young man who needs a man in their life who cares about them. Just look around your church and you’ll be surprised – he really is right here in my church.

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

What we need today, more than any other time before is for some “old” iron to sharpen some young iron – an older man to sharpen the iron of a young man’s life. When you do this, you are making a difference in someone’s life for generations to come.

We can do it, men, we can make a difference. Just think what we can do if each one would reach one. They need you!