Eric Metaxas on '7 Men' and the need for role models

At Christianity Today's Out of Ur blog, Eric gives his first interview about his new book "7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness." A sample:

"I've come to the conclusion that, in our culture, we've skimped on providing role models—for young people especially—and I'm convinced that this is tremendously important. We learn by observing the lives of others, whether the people around us, or figures we observe in the media, or figures we read about. We need to see the lives of real human beings lived out in ways that help us figure out how to live out our own lives. So presenting the lives of these seven men was an effort to do that, and to get people excited about studying these lives in greater depth."


Churchill once stated that a nation which did not honor its heroes would someday have no heroes to honor.
Mr. Metaxas is spot on. Our country desperately needs real male role models. Tonight I watched the movie "The Place Beyond the Pines". I am so disappointed with the entertainment industry. In my opinion this is a movie that told a story about men and their failure as fathers. Evil breds evil from one generation to the next. “Beyond the Pines” had several places where it could have made a real impact on males to break the chain of evil and turn to good. But instead the movie ended with the implication that another generation of men would continue the evil ways of their fathers. It also sends the message that the police force is corrupt and can’t be trusted. What a contrast from the display of the numerous law enforcement agencies that came together over the past 6 days to solve the Boston Marathon tragedy and the heroism of the law enforcement and firemen in West, Texas. Our culture is so influenced by the entertainment industry and so many people believe what they see on the “big screen” and I believe this movie sends a wrong message to men and their sons. The real message that needs to be sent is from 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Men, the 2 Chronicles passage is the message you should pass on to the next generation. Don’t waste your money on “Beyond the Pines” instead use it to purchase "7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness." It will impact your sons in a positive manner.
I agree we haven't done as well as we might with role models.

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