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A divisive leader means a divided country

I really don’t often make political comments here, nor do I think commenting on another country’s political leader is what I should do. However, this past week has put me in the position where I think I want to, need to, make some comment.

I’ve watched the political landscape of the USA for the past couple of years making some comment to my sister who lives in Florida, and felt that it was akin to watching a train wreck as it happened. It was as if you could see two trains on the same track gaining speed as they hurtled down the track towards each other fully aware that the only likely outcome was death, destruction, and mayhem.

This has it seems to me to have been the Republican and Democratic parties.

The winner, and it’s hard to use that word in this situation was Donald J. Trump. The Trump name, of course, has been well known but not always for things that are less than honourable, and his grandfather who really gave the family their means did so with booze and brothels in Canada’s north.

We are now past 200 days or almost 2/3 of the first year under his belt and we have an increasingly divided neighbour. He has managed to encourage white supremists, frightened so many people that now hundreds flood north across our border everyday, and placed the USA in a position of conflict with many nations. The President is mocked by other world leaders and if that wasn’t enough, he has managed to leave almost 4000 positions unfilled in the government support personnel that really do get the work done every day.

I think the thing which frightens me most is his inability to unite and his posture of conflict and division. I don’t know of another leader that thinks that this is a good trait and one that should be maintained. If the country continues down this road you can expect more civil unrest, more injury and death, more political gridlock and more instability. This is a recipe for disaster in the broadest of terms.

So what’s our response – perhaps I might say, what’s my response. First of all I think I need to pray for this country, and for the leaders around him. Secondly, I need to be onguard for similar strains of division drifting across the border. Thirdly, where I see division I need to lovingly speak out against it. Fourth, I need to examine the people who run for political office here and examine closely their personal positions as well as their party’s position.

Maybe you have an idea too – if you do feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks – and be kind to other people today.dbc29-20100827_4039

Time in Winnipeg

Leadership is a critical matter when it comes to the life of any organization and so investing in leadership means that you invest the people who are the leaders. That is what these days in Winnipeg are about. Today was spent with the divisional youth leaders and tonight was dinner with the new divisional leaders. Tomorrow I’m with the area commanders for the morning and back with the new divisional leaders for the afternoon.

Listening to those working in leadership reminds me of our days in the divisional work and I remember all too well the sense that the problem-solving is complex and often fraught with emotional baggage.

It is exciting as well to see how committed these leaders are to making a difference in the communities where they live. They understand that influence is in their hands and they have opportunity to impact people’s lives.

We are enjoying being in Winnipeg and being with friends too – that’s always a good part of these gatherings.

What’s your image?

We talked today about metaphors for the church in the Scriptures; you will think about the body, the bride, a royal priesthood, the family, friend of God, a chosen people, the sheep of His pasture… you will think of more I’m sure.  Then we talked about the imagery of the leader. Think of priest, prophet, teacher, apostle, teacher, evangelist, king, shepherd… again there’s more.

Here’s the question that got me thinking. What imagery do you have in mind when you envision your leadership? And then how does that inform your leadership style?  Your leadership outcomes?

It dawns on me that I’ve grown up in the tidal wave of leadership material that has formed much of my thinking about how to pastor. It raises the question if we have managed to shape a generation of pastoral leaders around a very narrow image of what it means to lead God’s people?

It’s worth considering.