I love those old fairytales. You know, the ones where the valiant knight saves the princess? The ones where chivalry and honor are boldly demonstrated and called for? Those ones.
It always makes me sad when I’m out grocery shopping and I don’t see men opening doors for women anymore, or helping them carry the groceries. Or even when I look at relationships where either the man is mistreating his girl, or the girl won’t let her guy be a man.
Don’t you see something wrong with this picture? How far society has strayed from the knights and ladies of old? Even simple etiquette is not as valued today as it once was. Women were graceful. Men were noble. Women weren’t feministic. Men were … well … men. And I’m not saying mankind was perfect then (certainly not!). But they at least valued good character. Hilary Clinton promises to further women’s rights. Men are supposed to kick back and watch as women take charge of the world.
True manhood does not compromise a woman’s purity, but heroically protects it. How many times do we see in our culture the exact opposite of this?
Knights and princes protected women in those days … not hurt them. Did you know that one out of every three women will be abused at some point in her life? And that about 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence? On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or partners in this country every day. Every day. What does that say about our country?
Also, you see in this generation how our young men aren’t getting up off the couch to work. To be honest, they’re lazy. You don’t see very many of them these days rising against the norm of video-gaming and actually doing hard things. Our young men truly have the potential to conquer some amazing –maybe even crazy — adventures God has in store for them. I love this quote by Raising Real Men by Hal and Melonie Young,”Manliness is much more than brute force, it’s a heart attitude of confidence and boldness to accomplish the mission given by God.”
And also, all those knights had a code that they followed, that should still be applied today, called the “code of chivalry”. If you’ve read books like The Song of Roland or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, you probably know what I’m talking about.
- To fear God and maintain His Church
- To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
- To protect the weak and defenseless
- To give succour to widows and orphans
- To refrain from the wanton giving of offense
- 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
This is what a typical knight was to follow. And shouldn’t this be what Christian men should follow?
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