In keeping with my recent theme of exploring the connection between leadership and warfare, I took a dive into Steven Pressfield’s short but profound work The Warrior Ethos, which, Pressfield says, was written for men and women in the military, but has application beyond the arena of literal armed conflict. Specifically, he writes,
We all fight wars–in our work, within our families, and abroad in the wider world. Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and what we believe in.
We are all warriors. Do we fight by a code? If so, what is it? What is the Warrior Ethos? How do we (and how can we) use it and be true to it in our internal and external lives?
Great questions, worthy of any leader’s consideration ~ perhaps especially those who follow Christ, since so much of the journey of faith described in Scripture is presented in terms of conflict and war.
To that end, here are some of the key points I gleaned from The Warrior Ethos on what it means to be what I call a Kingdom Warrior ~ that is, a spiritual warrior in God’s Kingdom: