It's difficult to raise a child these days.
There's the sliding culture to deal with, of course, and the loss of a unified Christian ethos, of a government attempting to force us to violate our conscience on numerous levels.
There are the practical demands of parenting, many of which seem more acute these days. Our neighborhoods don't feel as safe or secure as they did when we were kids. At the age of six, I was riding my bike everywhere without a care in the world, but today, we're reluctant to let our boys and girls peddle beyond our block.
After two decades of bitter back and forth, one of the last strongholds for morality in America finally buckled. Late this afternoon, despite a relentless push by Scouts in every state, the National Council exchanged a century-old legacy for a false compromise that puts an American tradition on the pathway to extinction. After 103 years of principled leadership, the organization proved that it was incapable of the same kind of courage it's been instilling in American boys since the beginning of the 1900s. By a lopsided vote, delegates ushered into the Boy Scouts a new era of moral compromise, allowing homosexual boys and turning against a majority of members in the process.
Thomas Lake is a Sports Illustrated senior writer. A recent Gospel Coalition article on him began, "It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter-perhaps the finest young writer period-in America is a Christian."
Your mom and your dad, a pastor, homeschooled you and your five siblings-how did that prepare you for your job as a writer? It was pretty free-form. A lot of going to the library-the whole pack of us in the station wagon-and we would check out 40 or 50 books at a time and sit around reading them.
We had lesson plans for learning math and all that, but a lot of it was pursuing our intellectual curiosity, and that's what I get paid to do: Think of something I'm curious about, and go find out the rest of the story. It's a privilege to be able to do that.