Originally Posted by aCultureWarrior
Some Christians choose to be missionaries, others to be warriors, and some both (a warrior's words won't be as eloquent as a missionary's).
Whichever path God decides for us to take, acknowledging His word as the absolute truth is a must for all Christians.
Yes. And to clarify my take on a term we both used earlier, I think I'd change "personal satisfaction" to "peace" in following the will (word) of God.
Somehow, on further reflection, personal satisfaction still seems to connect with personal pride in my mind. Maybe I'm wrong.
Anyway, moving on with another thought:
In no way do I have the intent to take the warrior out of the Christian. (Or your screen name....there is indeed a culture war being waged.)
Again, mindful of the OP, the knights had a code of honor historically documented in various forms.
One, from the Order of the Golden Fleece via the Duke of Burgundy, defined the knight's 12 chivalric virtues as:
Another code, from the Song of Roland, lists the following:
To fear God and maintain His Church
To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
To protect the weak and defenceless
To give succour to widows and orphans
To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
To live by honour and for glory
To despise pecuniary reward
To fight for the welfare of all
To obey those placed in authority
To guard the honour of fellow knights
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
To keep faith
At all times to speak the truth
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
To respect the honour of women
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
Never to turn the back upon a foe
Now of course, none of the above has the authority of Scripture, but it does echo what can be found in Scripture.
So yes, we desperately need warriors.
But we need warriors who understand that their duty is divinely ordained and divinely graced, meant to be taken on solely for the honor and glory of God, not for the personal satisfaction of hitting the "post" button.
Prudence comes to mind, and again, back to humility. And that brings to mind the Litany of Humility.
Yes, it's Catholic, but with regard to doctrine, you've not held that against me in our common stand against the moral issues of our day, so hopefully you'll bear with me now:
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...
That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should.
Being humble doesn't take strength from the warrior. I believe it has quite the opposite effect.