May 11, 2018
There's nothing like the love of a mom. When Jesus spoke of his loving desire to protect and shelter the very ones who were to reject him, he used the illustration of a mother hen gathering her chicks under her wings. It's interesting that for all of the discussion about the breakdown of society, the focus is usually on the problem of fatherlessness. We don't hear about the problem of "motherlessness" -- because, although there are some exceptions, moms are always there. They're the ones that -- no matter where we go or what we do -- we can rely on to be there, guarding, guiding, and nurturing.
Motherhood has never been for the faint of heart -- but these days, the challenges are bigger than ever. On top of changing diapers, cooking dinner, and sometimes pursing their own careers, moms have the unenviable job of raising children in an ever-changing, ever-threatening world. Of course, lots of husbands are there physically and emotionally for the children, but moms have always carried a disproportionate amount of the burden. And today, they play a critical role in shielding and training kids in a culture that tests the values we all share.
But moms aren't shrinking back in the face of these battles. Instead, they're rising up to confront them -- and encouraging others to do the same. The Sex Ed Sit Out is the perfect example of one mom who got the entire nation's attention by having the courage to stand up and demand better from the schools trying to push their perversion on our children. "A few of us moms were disgusted," "Activist Mommy" Elizabeth Johnston said. "We decided to stop griping about it, and actually do something about it." That "something" resulted in a four-country, 150-city protest.
Elizabeth's Sex Ed Sit Out day was a reminder of how much we need moms protecting this generation from the influences of the world. America needs more "activist mommies" and daddies who are willing to get more involved in their kids' lives. This weekend, we celebrate all of the mothers out there who sacrifice every single day so that we can have better, more fulfilling, more Christ-like lives. For those of us who are fortunate to still have our moms, we should take this opportunity to let them know -- not just with cards and flowers, but with true appreciation -- just how grateful we are for everything they do.
To my mom, my wife, and all the godly moms out there who are devoted to their children: Happy Mother's Day!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.