Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The problem with warrior wannabes

I don't think it's a bad thing for people to want to be warriors. It is a noble calling. The problem with warrior wannabes is they often want personal power instead of wanting to commit themselves to sacrificial service. Consider that throughout history and across cultures, warriors were considered to be a form of servant. Quick examples from Wikipedia:

Samurai is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan... was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany a person in the upper ranks of society... the terms were nominalized to mean "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility,"
The term [chivalry] originated in France in the late 10th century; based on the word for "knight" (French: chevalier...)"... From the 12th century onward chivalry came to be understood as a moral, religious and social code of knightly conduct. The particulars of the code varied, but codes would emphasize the virtues of courage, honor, and service.

...let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. (Luke 22:26;ESV)
So, the problem with warrior wannabes is not that they want to be warriors, but that they don't know what it is that they want to be. I wonder how many people would jump on the warrior bandwagon knowing it meant expending your life in servitude.
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282
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