[I’m guest posting at Laura Droege’s blog today about chivalry, the Bible, cats and P.G. Wodehouse. Here’s the first bit.]
I’ve taken it on the chin more than once when I’ve opined that chivalry is bunk. Some people respond that they like chivalry because it’s a reminder of good manners, some say it’s good for “gentlemen” to treat “ladies” well, and others insist that chivalry is biblical.
I call bunk on all three.
To caution against chivalry is not the same as tossing good manners aside. I hold the door for people – women and men – at almost every opportunity, and the times I don’t are usually when they’re holding the door for me. That’s good manners right there, so there’s no need to play the chivalry card.
For those who are into the ladies-and-gentlemen motif, the truth is that there’s no need to treat women like “ladies”. There is, on the other hand, every reason to treat one another with love in the name of Jesus. So let’s not cloud the issue by deciding what’s gentlemanly and what’s ladylike. Let’s instead focus on Jesus and what it means to be women and men who belong to him.
And for those who say that chivalry is a system based on Scripture, I have news. No it’s not. It’s based on …
[You can read the rest of my efforts to tear apart chivalry and show the Bible’s real teaching on the subject over at Laura Droege’s place.]