So, Trump outed himself as a Nationalist recently. I’m tickled pink about it, but others seem to take issue.
Lately, with all the catholic church shenanigans, marriage and celibate priest doctrine is being questioned
We are reading 1 Corinthians in Biblw Study, and I am oddly looking forward to the chapter on women in the church – don’t speak, cover your head…
Sometimes, when I look at these things, I wonder if we have a good idea of what leadership is?
I’ve imagined leadership, of late, as a series if concentric circles. Think Anthony Hopkins’ Zorro medallion in Mask of Zorro – except at the center is you, not your adversary…
I think of these as spheres of influence. Ultimately, I’m responsible for myself. However, as I invite (or create) others around me and accept responsibility inerrant to that, my circles grow. As a mother, my children are the next circle outside of myself. Really, those are my ONLY circles. Some of you may have more.
Since I am responsible for this circle that includes my kids, I am their leader – I have responsibility for and over them. When they screw up, the onus is on me. In exchange for my covering their butts, though, they get the onerous duty of obeying me. It’s our give and take, so to speak. My responsibility is to seek their best interests and theirs is to respect me.
Let’s look at the husband – Corinthians, Colossians, and Ephesians all put the husband as leader of his household. As such, his choices need to consider the best interests of his whole household – not just his own, and not Mr. Smith’s family. If helping Mr. Smith does not interfere with that primary responsibility, then helping Mr. Smith is totally a great idea. But if it harms the husband’s family, helping Mr. Smith is not borne from an honorable place because he is not responsible for Mr. Smith (Mr. Smith is), but for his own family.
Well, what if Mr. Darling is also Rev. Darling? Well, that’s a toughy… responsible to family, and congregation. And the demands on a priest are not light… and sometimes, it requires self-sacrifice. Paul totally gets this problem area and it’s why he said it’s better not to marry when taking on Paul’s brand of God’s work. Self-sacrifice does not equal sacrificing your wife and children who you have already brought into your sphere. It means forsaking wife and children before ever creating them to begin with. So, for the married priest, leadership, properly ordered, may mean not taking on certain mission fields or building boundaries that a single priest may not need to have around workspace, time commitment, and risk.
And last, but not least, the leader of a country. Who is he responsible to on that outermost circle? His countrymen. Not neighboring country’s countrymen, not southernmost country’s countrymen. HIS countrymen.
For all Trump’s foibles, he is a good leader who recognizes who it is he has responsibility over.
When we anoint a World Leader (heaven forbid anyone but Jesus), they can worry about the interests of Canadians, Hondurans, Africans, and Americans equally.
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