In the mid to late 1800′s, the author Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a series of poetry classics about knights, in particular King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, entitled Idylls of the King. The stories of Arthur and his knights came from cultural legends and many authors had put those to paper, but what became known by some as the Knight’s Code was from Tennyson’s work entitled Gareth and Lynette. Gareth is about to leave home to journey to Camelot in hopes of fulfilling his dream to join the Round Table. He says to his mother, “Follow the Christ the King. Live pure, speak true, right wrong, follow the king. Else, wherefore born?” To paraphrase in modern English, “To follow Christ, to live pure, speak true, right wrong, and follow the King. If not to live out these ideals, why else was I born? ….. So I ask you today—as I asked myself years ago—if not for this, why were you born?
What’s the Purpose?
The primary goal of the Knight’s Code is to challenge and inspire men to follow Christ and be His ambassadors in the world. Man’s ultimate purpose! The iconic life of the medieval knight provides an inspirational model for men in today’s culture.
As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have worked in the local church, as well as in para-church ministry, for over 30 years. I have served the church in many ways, from pastor to janitor. In ministering to all ages and types of men, I searched for a “common thread” that could connect men to the truth of Scripture.
During an extensive study on the medieval knight, I was intrigued to discover many parallels between the training and life of a knight to the Biblical training and life of a man who chooses to follow Christ. That’s when I discovered these phrases in Tennyson’s writings (see first question). I am certainly not the first Christian minister to connect with this concept, but I quickly saw as I began to use The Knight’s Code in teaching men that many made a unique connection to this simple concept. The bottom line is to encourage, inspire, and challenge men (namely, you) to grow in their walk with Jesus Christ using the Knight’s Code as a practical and inspirational tool. And if you are not a follower of Christ, you’re reading this for a reason, so I urge you to continue to seek the truth in Christ and be open.
Why Another Men’s Ministry?
There are a lot of great men’s ministries and resources out there for you to engage in—and I hope you do. Some of them I am connected to and support on this site, but none of us—including me—have all the answers and no one has the “magic bullet” to reach all men. (Even though sometimes someone’s PR can make you think they do.)
Through teaching, counseling, and discipling men, I have seen The Knight’s Code provide a unique framework to touch men’s hearts—from teens to retired, from jock to artist, from blue collar to white collar. The Code rings true in that same place in a man’s spirit that causes us to want to run up some steps after watching Rocky or go knock off some Orcs after we watch Lord of the Rings. Bottom line is it’s really simple with just about every temptation and struggle we have as Christian men to connect to one of the four tenets and learn, through Christ, how to overcome. That’s the sole purpose. That’s why “another ministry.”
Check out The Knight’s Code book. It’s the nucleus and heart of all we’re about.