Have you ever wondered what a different world this would be, if we had real champions of virtue, real honest-to-goodness men and women who not only held high ideals, but actually practiced them in everyday life?
The fact is, there are many individuals who fit this description, and quietly live within their own heart-felt guidelines and do many good things for many people. They act with virtue, benevolence and truly care about their fellow man. Unfortunately when you look at the world around us, it doesn't seem that way. But they are there, quietly practicing the virtues of chivalry, many without even realizing it.
THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF KINGDOM KNIGHTS is a chivalric association of patriotically minded Christians. Our quest is to answer the call of Christian chivalry which unites us without the need of sovereign conventions, institutions or governments, but rather a Divine call to the heart, a common purpose, a noble cause and a common bond.
The establishment of our Order is based on the need for the employment of chivalric ideals and their continued relevance within our society, and the ability of an inspired, albeit modest, order of modern knights to have a positive effect on our human condition. As Kingdom Knights we are engaged in the everlasting Quest of the highest ideals of Christian Chivalry as inspired by Biblical values.
Christian chivalry is a code of conduct and has at its roots the two Greatest Commandments. Christian chivalry is a divine moral code written on our hearts by almighty God. We are to love and serve, God and neighbor.
But is chivalry relevant in today's society? Look around at our world and what do you see? Rampant narcissism, a sense of entitlement, lack of consideration for fellow human beings, society and celebrities condoning bad behavior, the breakdown of family, and the abandonment of religious/spiritual aspects of life. All of this being broadcast as acceptable behavior by the media. Christian chivalry as a moral code is not only relevant—it is essential for turning our society back from the brink of self-destruction.
"Our understanding of true chivalry changes and yet remains the same. The ideals and principles have become more refined within the hearts of its students. It is as old as humankind and as young as the newest heart within which it has taken root. True chivalry not only lives—it grows, matures, and changes—and yet it remains the same. Its principles are immutable, but its attributes provide countless ways for realization. Its blossom in one’s heart is apparent, and yet it often goes unnoticed until needed—and it is needed now!"
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Our Motto: ↷
Non ministrari, sed ministrare, reminds us that we are Knights of His Kingdom and that we are not to be served, but to serve others.
His Church: ↷
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Eph 2:19-22)
The Kingdom: ↷
Theologians differ on some specific aspects concerning the Kingdom of God, but at its most simple form, the Kingdom of God is the Reign of God. Some Christians develop elaborate theories as to the destiny of God's Kingdom on earth, but the basic outline of the doctrine is generally agreed upon by all. As interesting as mysterious prophetic concepts may be, that is not the focus of our brotherhood. We are interested in what lies clearly at hand.
The Reign of God, or the Kingdom of God, is composed of "what is to come" and the "now." "What is to come" is the FUTURE DESTINY of His Reign. It is that time when the prayer that the Lord taught us will be fully and perfectly realized: "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." This will happen by the personal appearance of our King, and not by the force of human acts or arms. The "now" aspect of the Kingdom of God concerns itself with our PRESENT DUTY. Jesus said, "the Kingdom of God is within you" (or as some translations say, it is 'in our midst'). It is NOW. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."
Some have called the "now" aspect of His Reign, His "Spiritual Kingdom." As Kingdom Knights we don't equate "spiritual" with "invisible." It is a real Kingdom with a real King and real subjects, with real laws, and real judgments. It possesses lands and money. The money that the King has entrusted to us, is the money of the Kingdom. The houses that we live in, are embassies of the Kingdom of God. When people see us they see an Ambassador of the Kingdom. As Christians, we are His subjects and his household. "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
The Knight's Armor: ↷
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.." (Eph 6:10-17)
Service to the Kingdom: ↷
We are reminded "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Mat. 6:33) We are Kingdom Knights and strive to live by the Commandments to "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" God said, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
As Kingdom Knights we aspire to be examples of His love and values: "You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts (loved by us), to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts" (2 Cor. 3:2-3).
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:9-10