One of the blogs I follow included a short question about fighting  that I would like to comment on, particularly the following statement:
“My friend (and I whole-heartly agree with him) seems to be finding that some things are worth fighting for. Unity … Peace … a Beautiful Young Lady … God’s Truth … Purity … those are worth fighting for.”
I would wholeheartedly agree with this as well. Even though none of these are very easy to find–and I struggle very mightily with many of them, they are all worth fighting for, worth searching for, worth going to the far corners of the world for, if indeed they can be found. Now, the search or quest is not in the least easy, but one shouldn’t give up anyway.
Some of these items on the list may seem a little quaint. More than a few people don’t think truth is worth fighting for, or even that there is any absolute truth to begin with (strangely, many of these people believe it is an absolute truth that there is no absolute truth). Their attitude is like that of Pontius Pilate to Jesus Christ when Christ talked about His kingdom. “What is truth?”
Additionally, more people consider purity important in the breach than in the observance. It’s not easy to be pure, and most of us are not very good at it (I certainly am not), but even most of us who are less than skilled at being pure in mind and body and heart recognize the effects of such mistakes in impurity–whether they are in diseases, pregnancies, broken relationships and homes, an inability to trust others. We pay, and others pay, a very high price for our determination to experience all that sin has to offer.
It seems odd as well that people would fight for unity. If you have ever grown up in a broken family torn apart by divorce, though, you have certainly wondered why people didn’t fight just a bit more for unity, been a bit less stubbornly prideful, and maybe did a bit more work at the beginning about what kind of people they were and what kind of people they were starting a family or church with. I know I have. A little bit of forethought and questioning ought not to be too much to ask. Sometimes people change over time, but mostly it seems that not enough people are either inquisitive enough about others to really dig into finding out what kind of people others are, or sincere enough to reveal themselves to those they supposedly care about.
The idea of people fighting for peace seems absolutely ridiculous to many people, but it makes sense to me. After all, peace is not merely the absence of war but also the existence of genuinely harmonious relationships. Sometimes, often, there are people who refuse to be at peace with someone else, and for peace to be made, those who wish to make war against others must be destroyed. Warfare can be engaged in by those who do not like war–indeed, it is probably better that way. War is something to be lamented, to be mourned (and not celebrated), but sometimes it must be fought. When it must be fought, it should be fought as well as possible so it does not have to be fought again.
On a more personal note, a beautiful young lady is definitely worth fighting for. It is worth fighting to be a worthy young man, worth fighting to find a worthy young woman, and worthy of fighting to defend and protect her, should the need arise. Perhaps chivalry is a bit quaint to many, and there are a lot of women who don’t appear to value gentlemanly behavior, seeing it as a claim of superiority rather than an act of honor and respect, but the responsibility remains even if it is not always wanted. A gentleman treats someone like a lady not (necessarily) because she deserves it, but because he is a gentleman. The same is also true in reverse. We respect others because of who we are–not because of who they are.
So, indeed, there are plenty of things worth fighting for, and indeed some things even worth dying for, should it come to that. We do not fight necessarily assuming victory–sometimes we fight in spite of pessimistic odds, because the fight is necessary and the moment desperate, and because our judgment is not only by the here and now, but also in the verdict of those who will come after us and in an Eternal judge before whom we all stand accountable. That tends to put the here and now into a bit of a longer perspective.