Sometimes I wonder what leadership is
Sometimes I wonder what holiness is
Sometimes I wonder….
Is it enough to pull at all the loose ends?
is getting myself together all that salvation demands?
a managed life in the end?
Does God forgive, no matter what, because that’s just what he does?
– wait a minute ? isn’t that legalism – salvation by works? as in ” God loves you because you have pulled yourself together and are trying to live a good and disciplined life”
when we see things that make us uncomfortable but see no need to sacrifice our safety to stand up to them…..I wonder just what our narcotic is.
Or is is it just Formalism?
Sometimes I wonder about ethics , character , courage , leadership, compassion, conviction and passion ….
I just wonder…what America was like and what we were intended to BE .
America was intended to BE a shining city on a hill . Unlike anything before .
What a calling and opportunity for us to step up for the hour ….but this isn’t the case..so I wonder .
“The complexity of our times hinders the rise of leadership.
Perhaps we have become too analytical to take decisive action .
We are being pulled in so many different directions that it’s almost impossible to unite behind a leader .”
– John Maxwell
“cheap grace ” – a non – costly love from a non-holy God who just loves and accepts us as we are . That will never change anyone’s life .
-Timothy J. Keller
is there another way to go?
One where we fight for right and speak out against evil
one where salvation comes in like spring fresh and new , and men are changed
one where we live in the light with courage and a boldness which is not our own…
“We are saved by faith alone – but not a faith which is alone”
” Silence in the face of evil is itself evil ; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak . Not to act is to act. ”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.”
The psalmist says ” In spite of this I shall be confident ”
and I believe
I believe that we all don’t see things the way a “majority elite ” would have us to
I believe that even when voices tell us to let policies and procedure go unquestioned
That detail and information is none of our concern
I believe that when these voices tell us to be afraid of these things
We will question …without fear
Because these voices don’t speak for the rest of us
We will pray with conviction
We will hear the call and meet the hour – with a standard
as long as there is a sunrise over America …I believe as Jonathan in the Bible when he took the philistine camp …
“perhaps the LORD will work for us, for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.”
– 1 Samuel 14:6
I still believe in us , you and I .
in the words of President Reagan in his first inaugural address ;
I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children and our children’s children.And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom. The crisis we are facing today requires our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God’s help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. And, after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you .