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Fighting Naked: The Slow Death of Chivalry

Fighting Naked:  The Slow Death of Chivalry

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”  -Eph 6:11

In studying for a series of lessons on the Armor of God for my students I have found myself fascinated by the lore of knighthood.  I looked up the Knights Code or the Code of Chivalry and was amazed by how applicable it is not only to Christians but also to what is becoming increasingly wrong with our society today.

 

At its core the Code of Chivalry is a defense against the innate evil of mankind, a bulwark against lawlessness, and an agreement that we are called to be better.  This code is linked to a time where mankind thought much of the power of God and our responsibility to follow Him.

1.  To Fear God and Maintain His Church

First on the Code of Chivalry is a call to fear God.  That speaks volumes about the reverence for God we should have.  That above all we should seek to maintain his Kingdom.  This is echoed by the bible “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom..” (Pr 9:10)

2.  To Serve Our Authority in Valor and Faith

Not only are we called to fear God but also to obey the authority that is over us in this world.    Lost on many of us who fear God is the call for us to not only obey the authority over us, but also to do so with faith that God has set them in place for a reason. “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Rom 13:1)

3.  To Protect the Weak and Defenseless 

How often do we see injustice in this world and just look the other way?   We are called be protectors.  We are called to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves.  The image given is not that of a person picking a fight, but that of a soldier throwing  his shield over a defenseless victim. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Ps 82:4)

4.  To Provide for the Widows and Orphans

Not only are we called to protect the defenseless but also to give shelter and sustenance to the most weak and forgotten.  We are called to open our hearts, our homes, and our wallets to provide for the fatherless. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…” (Jm 1:27)

5.  To Refrain from the Willful Giving of Offense

How lost is this in our world?  The ability to control ones own tongue and speech so that we do not give offense.  Notice as well it is not that we are never offensive, instead it is to keep from setting out to offend.  The idea that we form our actions to cause the least offense possible.  “In as much as it is up to you live at peace with all men.” (Rom 12:18)

6.  To Guard the Honor of Fellow Knights (Christians)

Taking it upon ourselves to not only worry about our own standing, but also to guard the standing of others as if it were our own.  This asks us to get outside of our own selfishness and stand guard over the reputations of those with whom we fight. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil 2:4)

7.  To Persever to the End in Any Task Once Begun

If there is one of these codes most lacking in our society today it may be this one in particular.  We have formed a culture where when it gets hard it is fine to just give up or start over.  Instead we are called to stick to our guns and to finish any task once it has been begun, no matter how hard it may get.  Notice it doesn’t say you must take any task that is sent your way, but if you accept a task you must follow through. Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” (Ecc 7:8)

This is in no way an exhaustive list of the Code of Chivalry.  Each part of it can be linked to a authoritative scripture and every part is good to read.  I did not find a single code with which I had disagreement.

Why then is this Code seemingly dyeing in our current culture?

Why are those of us who would fight for it loosing?

It is simply because we are going naked into battle!  Imagine a battle where on one side the barbarians are geared up in deadliest armor and weaponry, and on the other sits an army that has yet to get on its boots.  That image is why we are loosing the war.

We are called to be Knights.  Called to be warriors for Christ.  Called to be prepaired for the slings and arrows.  Instead we have decided the daily putting on of our armor is too much work.

No Truth, No Righteousness, No Peace, No Faith, No Spirit, No Salvation

We are just gonna wing it!

Instead let us return Christians to a daily putting on of the Armor.  Wake up each day to strap on the Belt of God’s Truth.  Examine ourselves daily to attach the Breastplate of Righteousness.  Comfort our weary feet with the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace.  Renew our protection by taking up the Shield of our Faith.  Rest daily in the protection provided by the Helmet of our Salvation in Christ.  Finally when the fight is at our door daily sharpen our mind by taking up the Sword of the Spirit “which is the word of God.”

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, having done all to stand firm.” -Eph 6:13

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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Armor of God, Uncategorized

 

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Absolute Truth and the Armor of God

“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… Mph 6:14a

Why do we need the Armor of God?

Its an interesting question because it is one of those times that the “churchy” answer seems like the correct answer. We need the Armor of God because the Bible tells us that it is important.  We need the Armor of God because we are in a fight for our souls. How many of us, however, actually on a daily basis fight for our Christianity?

Most of us I would venture to say could live our current lives without the Armor of God because we don’t ever find ourselves in a war with this world.  If the world or the spiritual powers that Christ calls us to stand firm against attack we are all to happy to just move on down the line thinking “I’ll fight the next one.” After all the world might be correct on this issue.

That is the bottom line.  Most christians today, whether they would admit it or not, do not believe in the absolute truth of the Bible.  If the bible is in contradiction with what the world tells us we are quick to align ourselves with the world.  We don’t investigate, we don’t struggle, and we don’t pray over these issues because there truth may be just as valid as ours.

The absolute truth of the Gospel is the only reason we have to fight.  Take away that truth and we may as well hang up all the other pieces of the armor because no one fights for something they know is not true.  Without the Absolute Truth of the gospel every part of our armor is weekend to the point of being harmful to us.

The Belt of Truth

Truth in life as with the Armor of God is the single thing on which we hold up ever part of our lives.  If you have ever had a belt that you thought would hold give out on you then you know the danger you can be in if a truth that you held give way.  No mater if it is serious or silly when something you know to be true is proven false it can reck your beliefs.

This is why Paul set up the truth of the gospel as the belt for our spiritual Armor.  If for any reason the bible is not true than ever thing that we hang on that belief becomes useless in the fight.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

Righteousness is the defense of the major part of our body.  The largest thing that can be attacked is our actions and attitudes.  This is why it is good that we are not clothed in our righteousness but in the righteousness of God.  However, if the truth of the gospel is not absolute  than we are counting on our own righteousness to save us and that would be worse than useless in the spiritual battles we fight.

The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

We can have peace in God because we are comforted by his grace.  The protection we have in Him gives us “a peace of God that surpasses all understanding”.  We walk in that peace daily and take comfort in the fact that we can live worry free because God is in control.  If truth is not absolute, however, than we will live in worry over our salvation and our lives needing to control everything or risk loosing it all.

The Shield of Faith

We use our faith in the gospel as a shield to fight off the “flaming darts of the evil one” that when we are attacked by worry, guilt, or shame we can defend ourselves with the knowledge and faith in the Armor of God.  If truth is not absolute, we are not defended by a shield, but instead hobbled by a crutch that slows us from taking actual control of our lives or as Paul puts it.

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1Cor 15:19

The Helmet of Salvation

It is the knowledge of salvation that protects and transforms our mind.  We are ultimately not afraid of the things of this world because we know that we have be saved for a future place.  If truth of the gospel is not absolute then we have only a wisp of protection and are in danger of grievous harm because of the snares of this world.

Why do we put on the Armor of God?

Because the Truth of the Gospel is our reason to fight, our reason to go to war, and in war we must be protected from the evil one.

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Through the Bible, Uncategorized

 

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