Scratching the Surface
Who’s to Blame
(A Brief, Incomplete, and Sobering Look at Leadership)
“Having turned away from the knowledge given by God, the
Christian influence on the whole culture has been lost.
Here is the great evangelical disaster – the failure of
the church to stand for truth as truth.
There is only one word for this:
The church has accommodated to the world.”
(Among the Last Words of Francis Schaeffer)
Civilized people regard the 2016 run to the White House as an embarrassment.
Who’s to blame?
Who’s to blame for America’s decline?
President Obama blames President Bush and everybody who doesn’t agree with him on everything.
Sanders blames capitalists.
Trump blames stupid people.
Hillary blames Obama and Bush and everybody but herself while pandering to every whacked out whinin’ and cryin’ and pitchin’ a fit special interest gang; making pastors who agree with the last person they’ve talked to look better than sentences ending in prepositions.
Watching the GOP and DNC and their idolaters is like watching bad skits on SNL; bringing the Eagles to mind: “I turn on the tube and what do I see? A whole lotta people crying, ‘Don’t blame me!’ They point their crooked little fingers at everybody else. Spend all of their time feelin’ sorry for themselves. Victim of this. Victim of that. Get over it!”
That’s the problem.
Nobody admits individual/collective culpability for America’s decline.
What’s the solution?
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, the movie about legendary Navy Seal hero Chris Kyle, provides more than subtle hints.
In a flashback to his childhood, we see Chris sitting at the dinner table with his dad, mom, and brother.
Speaking to his sons, Wayne Kyle says, “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world; and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you’ve got predators who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression – an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.”
Leaders are sheepdogs.
The Good Shepherd Jesus described leadership as undershepherding: “You’ve been called to take care of the sheep. There are wolves in the world. So be as wise and tough-minded as serpents and as gentle and tenderhearted as doves.”
Leaders/sheepdogs/undershepherds are to blame for wolves/predators/savages ravaging America.
Leaders/sheepdogs/undershepherds are to blame for not shattering the sound of silence that consents/acquiesces to who and what ravage people/sheep/nations.
Leaders/sheepdogs/undershepherds are to blame for not looking up, standing up, speaking up, and acting up for Jesus by the book as salt, light, and good leaven that mixes in to make better.
Read Hosea 4.
Read James 3.
Leaders/sheepdogs/undershepherds have a simple formula for reversing America’s decline: “God said it! We believe it! That settles it!”
They hear His voice: “Return to Me and I will restore you. If not, not.”
If you’re a Presidential candidate, politician, professor, pastor, parent, grandparent, teacher, lawyer, doctor, or “leader” of any kind and you aren’t leading by following Jesus by the book, get out of the way in favor of those who do…before it’s too late!
If you’re not leading by following Jesus by the book, admit that everything is going everywhere but to heaven because you have failed to follow Him by the book as the only One who can save America and everybody else.
Stop being so arrogant!
Your leadership style/substance has failed!
That’s because only Jesus is Lord and Savior; and everything goes anything but heavenly apart from Him.
If you really care about America and everybody else, stop doing what you’re doing and submit to His saving sovereignty before you completely destroy the “good” entrusted to you.
There is hope! Not you! Not me! Not them! Him! Jesus by the book!
Blessings and Love!
Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!
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