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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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Time and Place

“For everything there is a  season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” Ecc 3:1

It is amazing that God ordained all things to happen inside his timing and will.  He set up the rules and order of this world and set all things in there place.  God has, as Ecclesiastes 3 says, given everything a season and a time.

What does this mean for our lives though?

Has God so controlled our lives and actions that we have no freedom?

No!  Rather God has placed markers and “signs” and given us his word that we might understand that every action, desire, and outcome has a place.  No thing that happens to us is ever out of Gods control, and we need not fear finding ourselves in a situation that He has not planned.

Solomon uses quite a few “this/that” statements to show the control and placement of things in this world.  These few verses are easy to both over and under spiritualize, however they are powerful statements of Gods control and plan for our world and lives.

Born and Die (V.2)

Solomon starts out slow and easy by just letting us know that God has ordained a time for our birth and our death.  No accidents occur in Gods world.  No one has been born or ever will be born that God did not know about first.  Just as know one has been born a surprise to God no one has died as a surprise to God.  We enter and exit this world as a planned creation of God, and he watches out for us throughout it all. (Matt 10:29)

Break Down and Build Up (V.3)

Christ is referred to as the potter (Isa 64:8) and we the clay.  If you ever watch a potter throw a clay pot it is fascinating to watch.  Sometimes after working on a pot and building it up for hours a flaw might be found in the construction.  If there is a fault found a potter doesn’t try to fix that hole or just put clay over it, instead he breaks down the work he has done back into a pile so that he can start fresh.

As the clay, solomon points to the fact that there are God ordained times of building where we might rise as leaders and teachers, however because of our own flawed nature when we get out of sync with God or prideful there is also a God ordained time of breaking down.

Silence and Speech (V.7)

It is ordained through the discernment of the Holy Spirit, and through the reading of the Bible the knowledge of when to speak.  There are times that we are called as Christians to speak up and say what God has taught us. (David and Goliath being a good Old Testament Example) However, there are also times that God has given us the wisdom to stay silent.

Most of us, unfortunately, have a case of the opposites.  When someone is running down our God or God is calling us to share we stay silent.  When someone is asking us about gossip or we have opinions we speak.  God has called us to seek out the times when he has called us to speech and silence.  Pray only that He gives us the wisdom to know the difference.

War and Peace (V.8)

Similare to speech and silence it can be hard to discern which of these God has ordained in a specific situation.  As humans we tend to go to war over little things and keep the peace when barbarians are at the gate.

Understand,  God has given us the call to war as a tool to be used.  There is nothing wrong with standing your ground and holding a position you believe.  We are called however to make sure to only use that tool when it is appropriate.

Romans says it best like this “in as much as it is up to you, live at peace with all men” (Rm 12:18)  This is a call to use discernment.  A call to say that if its not a must issue than choose peace.  However, if it is against the Bible or Gods authority ….prepare for war.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2016 in Ecclesiastes, Uncategorized

 

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