Category: Failed Leadership


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English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We should not pray that God is on our side, but rather that we are on His.”  Abraham Lincoln

Right to bear arms, abortion, welfare.  So much dividing our country right now.  I wonder if anyone is praying as President Lincoln, not that God was one our side but that we are on His.  As Christians are we assuming too much?  Some who dare to call themselves by the name of Christ, presume to know the mind of God, but I wonder how much time has been spent seeking God’s will before taking action.  Or do we just jump in with what we think is the correct Christian ethic, never stopping long enough to seek God’s will.

neither for or against

Back before the children of Israel entered the promised land Joshua is standing near Jericho.  I wonder if he is thinking about the battles to come.  Is he contemplating the lives that will be lost fighting?  I don’t know and it doesn’t say.  But then he sees a man standing with his sword drawn.  And Joshua asks him “Are you for us or for our enemies.”, and what’s the response?  “No, but as captain of the host of The Lord I come.”  Is God for Israel?  It seems to me God saying, I don’t do this for you, I do it for me.

Are we thinking God is on our side and forgetting that we need to be on his?  Until we get on his side we are not doing it for his glory, but for ours.

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So the other day my mind started going places I really don’t want it to go.  To a life I used to live, and unfortunately with considerable zeal, & I find myself wondering why.  That life, that old me I gave up, turned away from, and made a vow to never return.  No I didn’t follow thru on the thoughts but only because of the grace of God, not to mention his strength/mercy.

Do you ever wonder if “Christian Living” is even possible?

I’m thinking is it any wonder that so many that are held up as leaders of spiritual matters fail (some not just falling but jumping off the cliff). Jesus said plainly that if a man even lusts after a woman he has already sinned, yet how many laughed at former President Carter over his confession of that very same sin.  Do we think Jesus was joking?  I cannot speak for anyone else if for no other reason than the simple fact that I cannot know your heart or your mind.  But for me I will take it literally and believe God meant it.

Is living a life for Christ too much to ask?

So can I be free of that?  This sin of thought.  I don’t know but it seems that God would not make us in such a way that sin can not be conquered.  After all how many times does Peter, Paul and others write that sin “HAS” been conquered.  Notice they did not say could but has.  So thru the power of God and by the holy spirit living within me it is possible.  And yet even Paul, old camel knees, speaks to doing what he doesn’t want to do and not doing that he wants to.  Not an easy path, this Christian life I’ve chosen, but what’s the alternative?
I suppose I could walk away from God, and the church but then what?  As the philosopher once said, “The problem with knowing a thing is that once you know it, you can’t un-know it”. I could pretend I suppose, but what good would that do?  What about you, do you sometimes wish you didn’t know what you should do?  Maybe thinking it would have been easier being left in ignorance?
Me either but some days I do have to take a step back, take a deep breath, and then push forward.  Usually changing location and a lot of prayer helps.  Other days I find myself not really wanting to avoid my old self.  “Should we continue in sin that grace may abound?  God forbid.” Romans 6:1-2.
When your on overload and ready to give up what do you do?  Is it getting better, or do you stop and wonder?

 

On multiple fronts people professing to be Christians are being mocked and belittled.  From the media such as CBS, CNN, the times- NY and LA to blogs, podcasts, radio and more, people who claim a faith in God are being scrutinized, belittledand marginalized.  That it’s happening no one can deny.  The question is should it?

Of course.

 Look all around you.  Pedophile priests, thieving preachers, gambling nuns, the list could go on for page after page.  Yet I see friends getting defensive, blasting back at the critics, and doing everything but what we should.

The next time you see a neighbor stealing the morning paper, or a co-worker who goes to your church cursing up a storm will you say nothing?  Maybe you’ll fudge a few of the numbers on your taxes, just a little.  Or will you step up and say something? 

Until you change, nothing else will.

Until you get out of your “plate” theology you’re going to be mocked, and you will deserve it.  It’s time to start calling things as they are instead of how we wish they were.  Are you going to speak up and say that a pastor having an affair with a member of his church deserves to be thrown out of leadership?  Is that tough? Is it even tough enough?  We’re so worried about offending someone with what we say; maybe it’s time to be willing to offend people by expecting more from them.  But don’t kid yourself you will get push back.

People will yell at you and tell you Christianity is all about the love.  But what’s more loving, to let someone continue eating themselves into obesity followed by diabetes, a stroke and then death, or to say your fat and if you don’t change what you’re doing your going to die way before your time?  Is it more loving to ignore your friend’s binge drinking and driving, or to tell it like it is?  So why are you so afraid to tell someone playing Christian that they are in the wrong, going the wrong way, and about to pay the consequences?

No one is immune.

Now before going and thinking I’m getting all self-righteous.  Let me be clear, I’ve been there done that.  I got so wrapped up in my own wants/desires that I lost the one person that really mattered.  I did not treat her as God wanted me to, and what’s worse how God was telling me to treat her.   What I wouldn’t give to have had someone call me on the carpet for being a selfish SOB.  Maybe I would have snapped out of it and done the right thing, instead I’m without my better half, and the love of my life. 

Enough of the excuses.

Until we live what we say we believe, we’re going to get mocked, ridiculed and despised.  And what’s more, you and I will deserve it.