The Faith of the Barbarian

Throughout the last semester of my senior year I wrestled with revealing what it ment to live as a Barbarian.  I was trying to paint something that could only be viewed through the actions of an individual.  While there may not be a difference in the way we look, when we live out the Barbarian Faith others can tell a difference in the way we live our lives. 

In response to my previous post, a good friend responded with the following quote from G. K. Chesterton:

There have been many symptoms of cynicism and decay in our modern civilisation. But of all the signs of modern feebleness, of lack of grasp on morals as they actually must be, there has been none quite so silly of so dangerous as this: that the philosophers of to-day have started to divide loving from fighting and to put them into opposite camps. There could be no worse sign than that a man, even Nietzsche, can be found to say that we should go in for fighting instead of loving. There can be no worse sign than that a man, even Tolstoi, can be found to tell us that we should go in for loving instead of fighting. The two things imply each other; they implied each other in the old romance and in the old religion, which were the two permanent things of humanity. You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it. You cannot fight without something to fight for. To love a thing without wishing to fight for it is not love at all; it is lust. It may be an airy, philosophical, and disinterested lust; it may be, so to speak, a virgin lust; but it is lust, because it is wholly self-indulgent and invites no attack. On the other hand, fighting for a thing without loving it is not even fighting; it can only be called a kind of horse-play that is occasionally fatal. Wherever human nature is human and unspoilt by any special sophistry, there exists this natural kinship between war and wooing, and that natural kinship is called romance. It comes upon a man especially in the great hour of youth; and every man who has ever been young at all has felt, if only for a moment, this ultimate and poetic paradox. He knows that loving the world is the same thing as fighting the world. It was at the very moment when he offered to like everybody he also offered to hit everybody.

As I sought out what it ment to have the faith of a barbarian, I found two distinct things that made Barbarians different from the rest of the world.  First was the willingness to love unconditionally.  To embrace the family, the faith and the community with a love that can only come from the Father.  Second was the willingness to battle tooth and nail for these same things.  Two aspects of the same fundamental passion. 

Without one, you do not have the other. 

Living out the Faith of the Barbarian requires us to fight for love and at the same time love the fight.  We live our lives in a battleground.  Our lives reveal the internal struggle of the soul.  We fight because we were born to love, and love we must. 

The Lover and the Warrior.  One in the same. 

We fight for our faith because the power of love that flows from it.  Love is our strength and because of this great love, we have the passion to fight for what we believe in our selves and in those that surround us.  We fight because the Spirit of the Lord, the ultimate source of Love, came upon us and stirred our spirits.  We will fight to defend this love in our own lives and in others. 

One can paint images that reflect the aspects of the barbarian, but until these two sides can be seen through the actions of men and women in our lives we will not fully know their passion and power. 

Our Faith as followers of Christ calls us to be Barbarians.  Will you take up this call and learn what it is to live?

God Bess and PEACE

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2 Comments »

  1. kimberly Said:

    your good

  2. […] encompass so much more.  It still focuses on aspects of my faith and the aspects of the barbarian, the lover and the warrior, but it includes portraits of […]


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