Learning from Washington

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As if a pandemic weren’t enough…

We have several different, interrelated crises happening right in front of our eyes. Without sounding overly dramatic, I don’t remember a season in my life that’s given me more concern about our nation’s future. Unfortunately, this concern is more deeply rooted in the responses I see by Christians on social media than it is by the actual events of the day.

BEING A WITNESS TO THE WORLD

 

Our witness to the world is being markedly damaged by our collective responses that reveal a cynical community that is deeply divided. This comes at a time when there couldn’t be a better opportunity for church leaders to fill the growing void of leadership that exists within our communities and nation.

So how can we become beacons of light amidst the darkness and uncertainty, not feeling the need to react to every post or piece of news… and yet communicate in such a way that we don’t alienate those we’re trying to reach?

It’s not easy, but it must start by putting to death the narcissistic impulse inside each one of us to have our voice heard amidst all the noise around us.

We must be slow to speak and quick to listen, and constantly sensitive to the latent capacity of our words to sow discord amongst the vary people we are called to reach with Good News. How would our words on social media change if we saw ourselves as missionaries to a world crying out for hope?

As leaders, we either model healthy, Biblical leadership the way Jesus would, or we fall victim to the ways of the world, fueling the blazing fire of cynicism and disunity!

SPEAKING WITH HONOR AND RESPECT

 

Which is it for you? The book of Proverbs says, “For there are six things God hates—no, seven: haughtiness, lying, murdering, plotting evil, eagerness to do wrong, a false witness, sowing discord among brothers.” (Living Bible, Pr 6:16)

Yes, we must speak up and speak out but we must do so with honor and respect, especially for those who think differently than we do. We must sow unity and peace, and not discord amongst the family of God. We must allow our words to be the aroma of Christ to those who are far from him.

Unfortunately, discord is the fruit in the news feed of too many Christian leaders, and our witness is being compromised.

The fear of standing before God someday and giving an account for how we sowed discord via social media should cause most of us to shut our accounts down. The world, and our witness, would be better for it.

With honest, deep reflection, many of us might discover that our motives are a bit off. How many of us would find that our commitment to building an audience, a platform, and a voice is actually counterproductive to becoming peacemakers?

While the type of Biblical leadership needed right now in our nation is hard to find in Washington and politics, there are some critical lessons and wise behaviors that we can extract from these trying times.

LEADERSHIP LESSONS


Shawn Lovejoy
and I are starting a new weekly, live show called “On Leadership.” Each episode will seek to use current events to extract key leadership lessons and truths that will help church leaders model Jesus’ ways. We will share our experiences and insights, tackle difficult questions, and address your questions. We’ll ask some hard questions like, “Why shouldn’t I shut my social media accounts down?”

In our inaugural episode, Shawn and I will discuss key lessons church leaders can learn from the Christian community’s recent response to the crisis in Washington.

Join us on Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET for our first live show. 

Click here to register for free.

 

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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