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Thoughts on Righteousness – Waitsel Smith

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I’ve been reading Mr. Waitsel Smith’s Christian Knighthood articles for some time now, and they are powerful reminders of what it means to be both a servant of Christ and a confident, genuinely masculine man. Today’s article hit particularly close to home because he uses my favourite superhero as an example of the virtue in question, Righteousness. (Those of you who know me well will remember that Superman has been for me a powerful reminder of the righteousness and strength we have within us through the power and grace of Christ.)

I have included here a small portion of Mr. Smith’s article and provided a link for you to read the rest if you so desire.

Cheers!


Righteousness means “doing what’s right” – plain and simple. To be a righteous man or woman should be the goal of every spiritually-minded person. Righteousness is the other virtue talked about in the book of Proverbs, besides wisdom. It is the most god-like of qualities, besides holiness. It is what God imputed to Abraham, “the Father of all believers,” because of his faith. It is the quality the Pharisees envied in Jesus, but never attained themselves. It is what separates “God’s people” from everyone else. It is what we as humans subconsciously crave more than anything else.

The opposite of righteousness is sin, and the opposite of a righteous person is a wicked person. Righteousness can also be called “justice,” which is what the knights of old called it. “Righteousness” and “justice” are used almost interchangeably in scripture. A just man does what’s right, a righteous judge is always just in his judgement. Justice is one of the things God says we should fight for. (Isaiah 1:17; Deuteronomy 10:18, 16:20; etc.)

Like Superman – he fights for truth, justice and the American way (or, freedom). He fights for exactly the same things all the best men and women who have ever lived fought for. Truth is what a free man thinks, justice is what a truthful man does, freedom is what a just man enjoys. The three go hand-in-hand. You lose one of these, you lose all three. If Americans ever lose their love of truth, they’ll lose their justice and their freedom. If they ever lose their love for justice, they’ll lose freedom and truth. If they lose their love of freedom, they’ll lose truth and justice. These are the three things every great civilization, and every great life, is built on.

-Waitsel Smith

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July 31, 2009 at 11:42 am

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Recap: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast Sandwich Making and Eating Contest

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Link: Recap: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast Sandwich Making and Eating Contest

This is my job, minus the stiff competition.

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The Young Victoria Soundtrack Review: Classical Crossover Score by Ilan Eshkeri | Suite101.com

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July 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Soundtrack Review: Typically Solid, Charming Animation Score by John Powell | Suite101.com

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Land of the Lost Soundtrack Review: Conflicted, Hyper Comedy Score by Michael Giacchino | Suite101.com

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July 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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Suite101 Review: Transformers 2 Soundtrack

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Link: Suite101 Review: Transformers 2 Soundtrack

Kinda obvious I only wrote this one for the money. Kinda like Steve Jablonsky! 😉

Written by Dave Dueck

July 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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Suite101 Review: Public Enemies Soundtrack

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July 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

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