Is chivalry dead? It depends upon who you ask. It also depends upon what you mean by the word, “chivalry.” Most people would talk of opening the door for ladies and other such acts of kindness. However, that is not the true definition of “chivalry.” The dictionary defines it as “the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.”
In the past couple of days, I finished re-reading a book that I first read in high school – Men of Iron. It is set in England during the reign of King Henry IV. It tells the story of Myles Falworth, the son of Lord Falworth. Lord Falworth falls out of favor with the king and is accused of being a traitor to the crown – which he is not. Myles knows nothing of all of the this; he only knows that he lives in a very poor family. Unbeknownst to Myles, plans are being made for him; plans that include one day facing his family’s enemy, the evil Lord Brookhurst, in an effort to restore his family’s honor and position.
“Myles had felt for a long time that he was being moulded and shaped…but he had never realized how great were the things expected of him…Now he knew that all were looking upon him to act…as his father’s champion…to purge his father’s name of treason, to restore him to his rank, and to set the house of Falworth where it stood before misfortune fell upon it.”
Although today is Father’s Day, I would like to direct this message to all the men within the hearing of my voice. God desires to mold you; to shape you – not into mighty men of Iron – but into mighty men of God.
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 2 Corinthians 16:13
As a man; as a husband; as a father – great things are expected of you! Determine to be a mighty man of God.
Message preached on Sunday morning, June 19, 2016. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.