“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, [and] I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
The apostle Paul became a man in 1st-century Judea, but many young men today have not. News on the economy, foreign policy, injustice, and other things don’t catch their interest because, like children, they’re still playing with toys. Many men today don’t marry and rear families either. They’d rather treat women, whom they see as “hot babes,” like playthings. These young men go from one girlfriend to another but never settle down. In Hollywood, it’s an epidemic.
The seriousness of this epidemic of childishness came home to me when I met a male employee in his 40s at McDonald’s. He asked me why I was watching Fox News Channel on the restaurant’s TV. When I asked what he’d rather see, the man said, “Disney.” This is what he lets his 13-year-old daughter watch at home. A licensed nurse, the man left a hospital job to work at McDonald’s, which he claims doesn’t have three employees who can name our vice-president. If they watched Fox News instead of Disney, they’d find out. Clearly, this man refuses to grow up. Maybe that’s why his ex-wife got a divorce.
I still remember the day, more than twenty years ago, when I switched channels on the family’s TV. I said goodbye to cartoons so I could watch CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” While still a pre-teen, I was learning to “put away childish things” and grow up. I wish the male species would join me.