By Scott Morefield, Contributing Writer
Ah chivalry, that outdated, long-forgotten notion of a bygone age of knights, heroes, and kings. Who needs it? Today’s women seemingly have it all – high-powered careers, equal rights under the law, political power, economic power, and more. Not that that’s all necessarily bad, but our culture has certainly moved from what once was a chivalry-based, patriarchal society to an altogether different one, dominated by the worship of another god entirely – the god of equality.
Under this god, the god that, among other things, bred what we know of as ‘feminism,’ chivalry is so passé. After all, they say, men practiced it back in the ‘day’ because they thought women were the weaker vessel (in between all the mayhem and pillaging and dragging women to caves by their hair). No need for all that now since we are all ‘equal…’ but what does this ‘equality’ mean? In the age of ‘equality,’ women have been torn from the pedestal they once were on, have been conditioned to believe that real accomplishment lies in the workforce or politics, not in the traditional roles of mother, wife, and homemaker. And men are taught (if not overtly, then by the culture) to treat women like objects, or just another guy. The result? The breakup of the traditional, God-ordained family.
The culture destroyers are all about tearing down ‘walls,’ and they’ve been pretty successful at bringing down the ‘barriers’ between the sexes, so much so that barely a barrier, or any level of respect, exists anymore. As a result, our society has lost not only the chivalrous code that once was the norm, but most forms of common decency as well. In truth, the ruins of destruction wrought, at least in part by feminism, litter the cultural landscape – the sky-high divorce rate, increasing percentages of children born out of wedlock, increased numbers of abortions, deviant children, and more. There’s no doubt that the family, God’s building block and cornerstone of society, is under constant, relentless assault.
Today, traditional Christians must stand in the gap that has been torn open by the culture destroyers. We must keep the light of the old ways burning not only for ourselves, but as a reminder to others that there is a way that our ancestors lived that WORKED and, though it wasn’t perfect, was for the most part so much better and more fulfilling than the meaningless, empty lie that feminism and the worship of a nonexistent ‘equality’ offers. We must put our women, our ladies, back ON the pedestal they have been knocked off of. We must respect and honor women for the unique, different, vitally important attributes they bring to the table.
Men Must Rise to the Occasion
And yes, as husbands we must, like the chivalrous knights of old, PROTECT our wives. We must protect their hearts by loving them more than ourselves. We must protect their persons by being prepared for anything, but willing to die for them if need be. We must protect their relationship with God by being the spiritual leaders God wants us to be. We must protect their motherhood by being a Godly father to our children.
Sure, women are stronger than the old culture gave them credit for. In the eyes and standing of God, they are every bit as equal. Far from fragile weaklings, they are capable of accomplishing anything they want, but when our wives are ultimately fulfilling the purpose God put them on this earth to do, they are truly and fully happy. This is not to say that parenthood or even wife-hood is God’s purpose for every woman, but the traditional, patriarchal family was created and ordained by God as the ideal vessel for raising children. We watch its destruction without a fight at our peril.