Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Christian Samurai

There are many passages in the Bible calling Christians to be servants of God. One of my favorite passages is "Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God."(1 Peter 2:16) What this passage is encouraging the Christian to do is to live a life that is in total obedience to his Master, the Lord God Almighty.

But how does a servant show his obedience to his master? Paul Nowak has written an interesting book called The Way of the Christian Samurai. One would not normally associate a samurai with Christianity but the term samurai means "one who serves" which is what a Christian is called to do.

In his book, Paul Nowak draws from the writings of the ancient samurai to provide reflections and advice for the modern Christian. To quote a passage from the book, "The samurai saw suffering as part of their pursuit for perfection - a goal that we Christians must have as well, for our Master has commanded us, "Be Perfect, therfore, as I am perfect." How do we pursue perfection? By practicing our faith: reading the Scriptures, consulting and sharing with one another, and constantly trying to improve the way we live out the Gospel in our daily lives."

Find out more about 'The Way of the Christian Samurai' if you are as intrigued as I am about using the Samurai ethos for help and advice on living out your Christian life

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