I love the Lone Ranger. I still watch the reruns.
If you’ve been a reader for any length of time, you know I love old western TV shows and movies. I grew up on them. I guess one reason I enjoy them is the bad guys always get what’s coming to them: justice.
On a couple of occasions, the Lone Ranger was called Justice or Mr. Justice. He rode upon his white steed and always arrived at the right time to offer aid, to rescue, to save from peril, and to see justice was done.
For fun, I wanted to see if there were any behind the scenes tidbits. I couldn’t find anything but I did find the Lone Ranger’s Creed, written by Fran Striker, the man who created the Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon characters.
I think you’ll find this creed very interesting…
1. I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.
2. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
3. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
4. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
5. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
6. That “this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people,” shall live always.
7. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
8. That sooner or later… somewhere… somehow… we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
9. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.
10. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
The Lone Ranger also had a code of conduct to be strictly followed in every episode, in every situation.
1. The Lone Ranger never smokes, never uses profanity, and never uses intoxicating beverages.
2. The Lone Ranger is a man who can fight great odds, yet takes time to treat a bird with a broken wing.
3. The Lone Ranger believes that our sacred American heritage provides that every individual has the right to worship God as he desires.
4. Play down gambling and drinking scenes as far as possible, and keep the Lone Ranger out of saloons. When this cannot be avoided, try to make the saloon a café and deal with waiters and food instead of bartenders and liquor.
5. The Lone Ranger at all times uses precise speech, without sang or dialect. His grammar must be pure. He must make proper use of “who” and “whom,” “shall” and “will,” “I” and “me,” etc.
6. The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill. When he has to use guns, the Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible.
Unfortunately, a creed for living and a code of conduct have all but vanished from society. Shouldn’t we, as Christians, have a creed and a code like these? Maybe not specifically, but basically, so others know our walk matches our talk.
Where’s the Lone Ranger when you need him?
Isn’t Jesus our Lone Ranger? Where is He? He’s within each of us. Closer than our breath. He’s the only One who always arrives at just the right time, to offer aid, to rescue, and to save from peril.
And our Lone Ranger still rides for justice!
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