Honor is sewn into the very fabric of a man’s soul. It is integral to the heart of a man. Without honor, man is at best a recluse, at worst a tyrant.
According to Dictionary.com, honor means, “honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions; high respect.” As a verb, it means, “to hold in high respect, to revere, to worship.” It’s a concept we feel instinctively. We know it when we see it. And we surely know it when we don’t see it. It used to mean a lot more to people than it does today. Honesty, duty, courage, and honor used to be taught to every child in every school, family, and community in America (or so it seemed). Political correctness and moral relativism have all but eradicated these noble concepts. We’ve seen business leaders, politicians, sports heroes, movie stars, and even our neighbors disgraced because of a lack of honor. And then, instead of owning up to it like men, many of them try to justify their slimy behavior or blame someone else for their “weakness”. And, if we are honest, we have to admit that our own character has been severely lacking at times.
There is a lot of talk of character these days. Character training occurs in schools, businesses, community centers, even churches. But character without honor is cheap and withering. Honor grows much deeper than simple character. It is grounded in absolute truth. To have an understanding of honor, one must understand right and wrong. Character training without the moral solid ground of truth will crumble under pressure.
To be a man of truly good character, one must be a man of honor. Honor says, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Honor says, “We leave no one behind.” Honor says, “For better or worse” and means it. Honor stays when you want to leave. Honor says ‘no’ when the crowd is saying ‘yes’ and calling you a prude. Honor stands up to a giant with nothing but faith, a few small stones, and a sling. Honor looks a child in the eye and says, “Mommy and Daddy love each other and will work this out because we are a family and nothing can tear us apart.”
If you want to be honorable, seek to honor others above yourself.