The Need for Acceptance is the New Courage

Social media is all abuzz about Jenner being chosen for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award over Noah Galloway. ESPN denies this claiming that Galloway wasn’t even being considered in the first place. If that’s true, which I’m sure it is given, ESPN’s liberal bent, admittance of such doesn’t put them in any better light, in my opinion. Guess the transgendered, gender-confused, and gender-fluid (seriously, what is that?) pool left no room for any straight, heroic athletes.

Regardless, the message is clear. This is what our society deems as courageous.

Yes, I'm sick of this picture, too.
Yes, I’m sick of this picture, too.

And this isn’t.

The meme all over social media.
The meme all over social media.

It seems we have confused the need for acceptance (and fishing for compliments) with courage.

Galloway is a man who lost limbs in battle and endured what had to be a grueling recovery. Instead of succumbing to living in a wheelchair and subsisting on government disability, Galloway decided to be a beast of an athlete and, of all things, try a stint at dancing. My guess is if he would have stuck with the dancing ESPN might have considered him.

Jenner is a former accomplished athlete who, after enduring many harrowing years in the Kardashian household, has decided to switch genders and become a “lady”. Apparently fleeing a gaggle of narcissistic broads is a brave thing worthy of ESPN’s accolades. Rumor has it he practically sprinted.

But misinformed social media outrage aside, the bigger issue at hand is that the leftists have hijacked yet another word and are applying it in ways that were never originally intended.

For example, COEXIST no longer really means “to exist at the same time as another” it means “Christians shut the hell up”.

TOLERANCE no longer means “The power or capacity of enduring; or the act of enduring.” (Webster 1828 Dictionary) It now means, “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.” (Dictionary.com), which translates into “Christians shut the hell up”.

And now we have the word “courage”. The newest definition of courage is “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery” (Dictionary.com) I’ve spoken to enough soldiers to know that you can be brave while still being scared as hell, so I’m calling bunk on that definition from the get-go.

To the Left courage is being able to be who you think you are in the face of unrelenting social negativity. Courage is being able to handle it when other people call you names or disagree with you.

Boo freaking hoo.

Where I come from that’s just called growing up. It’s where “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” came from. But in today’s perpetually butt-hurt society name calling is a bigger offense than, say, beheading, and you’re dubbed most courageous if you can withstand it…or amass enough positive, slathering press coverage.

The Left’s use of courage doesn’t even come close to the original usage that we see in the ancient Hebrew. While the definition per se hasn’t changed much over the years, the application definitely has. (Disclaimer: Etymology fetish forthcoming.)

1. to be strong, alert, courageous, brave, stout, bold, solid, hard
1. (Qal) to be strong, brave, bold
2. (Piel) to strengthen, secure (for oneself), harden (heart), make firm, make obstinate, assure
3. (Hithpael) to be determined, to make oneself alert, strengthen oneself, confirm oneself, persist in, prove superior to
4. (Hiphil) to exhibit strength, be strong, feel strong

These traits were applied to men who were road-weary, battle-hardened and willing to die for their cause, that cause being the glory of God and the establishment of Israel. It sounded like this:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Troll on over to the New Testament and courage in the Greek means “to be of good cheer”.

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20.

I’m just going to say it, Bruce doesn’t look all that cheerful.

But even if we allow the Left’s new use of the word courage, it’s obvious it only applies to some and not others. Once again, (surprise, surprise) their bias is showing.

If courage, according to the Left, is being able to withstand relentless negative comments on Twitter and the MSM for your personal choices, then Tim Tebow should have been a recipient of ESPN’s Ashe award a few times over.

put something here
Not a member of the “Please Love Me” coalition.

Tebow was excoriated for believing in, wait for it…Jesus Christ. Maybe he was just too outspoken and not as subtle about his personal beliefs as, say, Jenner.

And while this guy isn’t an athlete and would never be in the running for an Ash award, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson has been fending off bad press, talk show bashing, and countless personal attacks on him and his family for, you guessed it, having the gall to use his outside voice to state his beliefs.

Put some here
Definitely not a member of the “Please Love Me” crowd.

Agree with him or not, Robertson faces the same level, if not more, backlash as Jenner, it’s just from the Left. And the Left can attack without impunity anyone they don’t like. Put Phil in a dress and the round table panels all over the morning show circuit would be salivating over him.

Bottom line: The word courage, rightly used, is a picture of this guy.

Bad ass doesn't even begin to cover it.
Bad ass doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Noah Galloway, and others of his caliber have deservedly earned our respect for their pure, undiluted, unadulterated courage.

The word courage, wrongly applied, gets you this…guy.

"Does this dress make my butt look bit?"
“Does this dress make my butt look fat…like Kim’s?”

Pretending to be something you’re not isn’t courageous, it’s delusional.