Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. I Corinthians 16:13-14
Okay, men here’s the excellent news…chivalry still gets style points! In a world where the distinctive line blurs between male/female, women still love their men to be manly. The plain truth is that women and men need the seasoning each gender brings to the table. We are entirely equal and yet very different. Real men love to have their life flavored by a good woman. And women need their man to be THE man - it’s a required spice of life, ask most women.
There is a "code of conduct” that became popular as the Titanic was sinking into deadly waters. The mad scramble on its listing decks was to get as many women and children into life rafts as was possible. The code is branded into history - “Women and Children First”! This code of conduct that played out on that fateful night of April 14, 1912, is what makes the story epic. Imagine if it was “each man for himself” or “each man did what was right in his own eyes.” This would be another tragic watery grave of shame. But the Titanic lives on because of heroism, and chivalry, more than almost any other reason.
This code has roots that reach back thousands of years. The code of chivalry and respect for women and children was cooked up by God himself. It’s the rightful order of things. And when we get the order out of whack, we lose a wonderful story and gain only shame. We need a revival of the code. And that revival needs to begin with you - soon you’ll have an epic tale that someone else will tell.
Here are a few key steps you can take today to reclaim Christ-like Chivalry:
Be a man of God. This sounds mountainous, but it's the choice to set down self-will and be God's man, today. Stu Weber coined the phrase Tender Warrior, and that captures the heart of the real man of God. We aren't called to be soft but to be tender – as tender as our Savior. We also can't be passive. Passivity is a result of the fall but Jesus placed his Spirit in us, and we can bravely stand as warriors who reject passivity and take responsibility.
Be an initiator, not a responder. You don't have to be a Type A guy to initiate. Some of God's greatest men are quiet, but they step up and step out, not waiting for prodding or poking. But this initiation can only be done in response to prayerful surrender to Jesus and submitting to his calling. As a disciple of Christ, we listen to the voice of God and move when he calls. Faithful men fail forward, and no one faults a man who follows the leading of God.
Be a learner. Chivalrous men are learning men. We learn from other men, women, and people who we meet in those God moments of life. But the greatest men on this earth have someone more significant than themselves or others to give them direction – God alone! And men who are learners lean into God's word because they've seen the folly of flying by the seat of their pants.
Chivalry still gets style points today. Rack the points moment by moment and day by day. Get a win...God is cheering for you!
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