Elijah Lapinskes' values the virtue of courage.
In his behavior, Elijah has sought to courageously conduct himself as a gentlemen, and so epitomizes our honor code which states:
"I will always conduct myself as a gentleman, live pure, speak true, right wrong, and follow the King." (Iron Academy Honor Code)
Iron Academy began under the premise that a life that honors God must begin with a code of honor, a simple and unchanging standard of moral behavior that grounds a man’s every decision. Our search for a code of honor worthy of our King and fitting to our discipleship community led us to two extraordinary examples:
- In 1859, Alfred, Lord Tennyson published Idylls of the King, a strong reminder of biblical Arthurian ideals. Gareth, a young man hoping to join the Round Table, proclaims why he was created: to “live pure, speak true, right wrong, [and] follow the King.” Gareth then asked rhetorically, “Else, wherefore born?” Indeed! Were we not born to bring glory to our King?
- A few years later, the incoming president of Washington College insisted on a new honor code for all students. He argued that each young man should always “conduct himself as a gentleman.” As a growing disciple of Christ, he knew the Christian gentleman would necessarily be a model of manhood--one who would love all God's people well.
The Iron Academy Honor Code, therefore, is rooted in two imperfect men’s efforts in the 1850s and 1860s to reclaim God-honoring manhood. One hundred and fifty years later, Iron Academy renews the call for a nobleness of mind and spirit built daily upon a rock-solid standard of moral behavior.
In our day and age, it takes a tremendous amount of the virtue of courage to live one's life in a manner at odds with worldly cultural norms. Elijah Lapinskes’ conduct is a model of our honor code. At Iron Academy he is always seeking to do good and serve those around him. While he is stubborn in many ways, it is often a reflection of his firm commitment to truth and the Gospel. Elijah rejects passivity, values and considers the needs of others first, and tempers the urge to lead and to win with wisdom, humility, and love.
Elijah inexhaustibly seeks opportunities to share his faith with his peers, and this in turn sets the standard for his conduct as he constantly strives to exemplify one who walks in faith. Far from perfect, Elijah will be the first to admit a wrongdoing and this humility attracts admiration from his peers and teachers.
It is this kind of young man, with an optimism, confidence, and joy deep-seeded in a relationship with the Lord, that Iron Academy strives to cultivate virtues and spiritually mature.
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