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Adoption: Are we a mirror?

The idea of adoption has a sort of stigma. One feels less for being adopted. It seems that a person must be unwanted, and discarded to be eligible for adoption. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If one is unwanted and discarded, then it is quite possible that rebirth and reshaping is possible. This is especially true of the Christian life.

    I was reminded of this by a passage in Magician’s End by Raymond E. Feist. A child born from a soldier taking advantage of a character’s soon to be wife is adopted by him. This child goes onto be characterized as resembling him, taking on his mannerisms and expressions; to the point that it was often almost impossible to remember that they are not biological sire and son. Rather, this child has become a scion, an implant, a figure that is spliced into the family. So close as to be mistaken for the biological child of this man.

    We, as followers of Christ, are likewise scion. We are grafted into the tree of life, and should appear to belong. It goes far beyond appearance into every aspect of being. We need to become like Him; Jesus was and is the exemplar for our daily behavior. As disciples we need to strive to have behavior that is indistinguishable from His.

    As I trained in martial arts, I often used a mirror to see if I was doing the motions correctly. Also, I often mirrored the motions of those more advanced than me. Both these practices are important. In the Christian life it often comes down to the failure of the disciple maker and often that of the disciple as well in mimic the demonstrated behavior. It is very easy to get lost in the shuffle of belonging without belief. It is the belief that makes one want to mirror the action of Jesus and the Father.

    Just like the warriors, we need to learn how to mirror. We need to become so close to the action of Jesus that we cannot be told apart from Him. We need to resemble Him. We need to take on the mannerism, expressions, and habits he set forth or would approve of. In so doing we will become so like him that adoption is a non-issue; that belonging and belief are intertwined. Only then will we as warriors be in tune enough to lock shields and support each other in a phalanx of belief. It is this behavior and lifestyle that allows for battlefield brothers and sisters to be a family of protection.

Until next time…

Fight the good fight, fairly…T.


    

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Chivalry, Things about God

 

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Martial Arts and Sanctification

Martial Arts and Sanctification, one might think the two are wholly separated, that they live in diametrically opposed worlds. This is not the case. You ask how? Over the course of the next paragraphs I will answer just this question.

The key to their union is simple: Intentionality. In both realms one must mean to do the deed. Sanctification is powered by the Spirit of God, while Martial Arts are powered by the spirit of will. Both are realized by intentional actions on the part of the individual. Both require a fight of sorts, and both require time.

In the case of martial arts, one enters a fight. This fight may seem to be spontaneous, but is often a cap to years of preparation. The martial artist, whether eastern or western, has spent much time, sweat and blood preparing for this moment. They have honed their craft to the pinnacle of ability, at least one hopes. In that moment of conflict it is that training that will sustain or destroy the warrior. It is that training that allows one to face death and destruction without fear. It is all in the preparation, the intentionality of the warrior.

On the other hand, Sanctification is a multi-stage process. It begins at the profession of faith in Christ, and is continued in partnership with the Spirit. It as well requires participation. The Spirit does the drawing, but the believer must assist as well. It can be likened to a shower after a mud football game. You return and find yourself covered from head to toe in the detritus of the field; it is attached to you like an extra skin. You enter the shower, and the steam feels great. The hot water softens the skin, but cannot wholly remove it. You have to reach up and loosen the mud from yourself, you have let it go. The steaming shower of the Spirit will soften it, help detach it, and wash it away. But, you have to help. Sanctification is an intentional act.

War and Sanctification are very much the same, and they are also quite different. In either case, it is all about intentionality and desire. We as warriors for Christ must be intentional in everything we do. There is no throw-away action in the life of the gentry of God.

Next time we will start to go through the various tenets from the Song of Roland, and perhaps start with a little of history of who Roland was.

Until then.

Fight the Good Fight…Fairly

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Chivalry, Things about God

 

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Man of Honor: How Chivalry and Faith Combine

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Right now I am going through a mid-week series with a group of men at Church. We are talking about what it takes to be a “man of honor.”

Last week we spoke about what a code of conduct is and how to develop it. It was implied that many of us either don’t have one, or don’t know how to develop one. As a member of a prominent medieval recreation society, and as a member of the gentry in that society, I do have and live by one. This is not a new thing for me, but something I work through daily.

I thought it might be interesting to do a series here at Christian Warrior using the tenet set forth in the “Song of Roland.”

They are as follows:

  • 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

I think I am going to start with something that is not in the list; the idea of Ransom. We are somewhat unfamiliar with this concept, yet we engage in it frequently. When we enter any sort of contest there is an entrance fee, we make wagers on various things; all these are types of ransom. The same was true of the members of the Chivalry, those we call knights. They would enter into competition and battle at great personal cost, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. There was much at stake. If one looks at the tenets set out above, most of them have little to do with battle, and more to do with proper behavior. The knight was a member of the king’s court, and as such he was, in fact, often the only hand and face of the king that the people saw. He knew that the king valued him and as such would ransom him if need be, at least this was true if the knight followed the rules and pleased the king.

To a Christian the concept is the same. We are often the only Christ someone may see, and we can be fearless in our pursuit of the lost, because we know we are ransomed already. Note, I said fearless not reckless. This is an important distinction, since fearless enables one to live in the moment and succeed, while recklessness will eventually cause one’s demise. Another distinction to be made comes with the idea of training for the martial arts and sanctification. In many ways they are the same, both take time, effort and singular resolve.

We will get to that next time…..until then, Fight the Good Fight, Fairly.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Chivalry, Ransom, Stratetgy, Things about God

 

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