Recently I have begun a study on Biblical manhood, and decided to share what I’ve learned with everyone as a series titled Poetic Warriors. It will focus on how one can fulfill his calling to be a man of God in bravery, virtue, and kindness. I will be writing as a peer, to challenge other guys to take up their cross and follow Christ as I do that in my own life. I am definitely no expert, but what I learned and what helps me will be incorporated into this series so I can share them with everyone else.
I really like Eric Ludy’s definition of a Poet Warrior:
1. We must learn to be a warrior. More than just a defender of justice and champion for the weak, a true warrior is a heroic protector of the covenant Life within his being. As an outflow of the covenant life, a warrior is trained to protect that which is sacred and innocent within a woman.
2. We must learn to be a poet. More than a bearer of roses, rings, and rhymes, a true poet cultivates an intimacy with Christ; and as an outflow of that intimacy, he is trained to understand and appreciate the intimate sanctuary of a woman’s heart.
Ludy, Eric. God’s Gift to Women. Sisters, Chicago: Multnomah Publishers, 2003. (pg. 118)
For the next few weeks we will concentrate on masculine virtues, those that reflect a warrior’s ferocity and strength, but also a poet’s gentleness and kindness. I hope you can take what I’ve learned and reproduced and apply it into your life, so that the next generation of men will arise to the Lord’s service and calling.