And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
Nehemiah 4:14, King James Version
The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
Exodus 15:3, King James Version
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Matthew 10:34, King James Version
Few could argue today that we are living in an age of decadence in the United States. We, as a nation, have forgotten our covenant with the Lord going back to the Mayflower Compact and the Inauguration of George Washington, indeed even in the Declaration of Independence our founding fathers acknowledged divine providence in the actions they were taking. We now live in a nation that kills the most defenseless and innocent out of convenience and for profit, ridicules the faithful and teaches debasement within popular culture, seeks to place deviancy above morality, and is moving to replace God’s greatest gift to man – the gift of liberty and freewill – with regulation and authoritative overreach. As a counter to the rising tide of discontent, this nation’s ‘leaders’ move to remove the capability to defend one’s self and family from the coming wave of evil. So what is a Christian to do in these dark days?
Before moving forward into that discussion, it is prudent that we first define the core values of the Christian Warrior. Like it or not, we within the Body of Christ are all warriors for His cause. Though we may not wield the weapons or armor of the warrior (at all times), we are committed to moving forward to occupy the land until the coming of His Kingdom. Is this not the order given to a warrior? However, a warrior that fights without values is nothing more than a barbarian, or a bull in a china shop, as it were. Destruction and chaos are the ways of the enemy, and we are our enemies’ betters, are we not?
In this regard, we need a code of conduct, or core values, in which we live by and endeavor to instill in others. Our military branches have recognized this need for a code and have established each of their core values. Even as far back as the Middle Ages, this need for a code of conduct was evident, and as such, the code of chivalry was created for knights (and though some of them certainly acted like barbarians, many were Christian warriors, as well). It was this code of chivalry that has lived on in modern times as courtesy and this code was the basis upon which the military formed their core values. One of the first recordings of this code is to be found in the Song of Roland, the oldest surviving literary work in French from the time of Charlemagne. So, let’s take the code of chivalry from this ancient source, and couple each line with scripture to establish our own code of conduct.
To fear God and maintain His church
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7, King James Version
To serve the liege lord in valor and faith
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Hebrews 13:17, King James Version
To protect the weak and defenseless
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 82:3-4, King James Version
To give succor to widows and orphans
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27, King James Version
To refrain from the wanton giving of offense
Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
Ecclesiastes 7:21-22, King James Version
To live by honor and for glory
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 12:9-13, King James Version
To despise pecuniary reward
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked
Revelation 3:17, King James Version
To fight for the welfare of all
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Hebrews 6:10, King James Version
To obey those placed in authority
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work
Titus 3:1, King James Version
To guard the honor of fellow knights
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another
Romans 12:10, King James Version
To eschew unfairness and meanness and deceit
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians 6:7, King James Version
To keep faith
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6, King James Version
At all times speak the truth
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Proverbs 12:19, King James Version
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light
Colossians 1:11-12, King James Version
To respect the honor of women
The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
1 Timothy 5:2
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Never to turn the back upon a foe
A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Proverbs 29:23, King James Version
With this code of conduct now established and backed up through scripture, let us now turn our attention to the task at hand. I do not wish to offend female readers at this point, but the fact remains and cannot be denied that we need to establish an empowerment of male leaders to command and teach other men in this code (1 Timothy 2:12). Especially wives can attest to the fact that they are often frustrated by their attempts to get their husbands not just to church, but to become active in that church or in the works of that church. Right or wrong, it is in the makeup of men that we seek the counsel of other men, and for this reason, it must be men empowering men. A brotherhood to be formed for the honor and glory of the Lord.
With this brotherhood formed, men must take action. As I have stated before, the reason that the younger generation continues to fall away from the church and the teachings of Christ is because they see the words of the faithful as empty because we do not take action on them. Words of conviction without action are empty. Yet they see the loud and boisterous actions of the adversary near daily. Yes, the actions of the Lord are subtle and often go unnoticed or called consequence – but the time of staying in our prayer closets and hoping for someone else to rise to action while we cheer them on is over. This is the action of the lukewarm. This is not to say that there isn’t a place for intercessory prayer, because absolutely there is, and we are all endowed with gifts from the Lord that we bring to bear in this battle. But not everyone is given the gift of intercessory prayer, and this body desperately needs men of action.
I encourage you all to spread this word, to encourage your fellow men or the men in your lives. The simple fact is that time is running out. You must choose a side. It will not be easy, and there will be even darker days ahead. I am calling on action, but not violence. As Thomas Paine is quoted as saying: “I prefer peace, but if trouble must come, let it be in my time that my children may know peace.”