Thursday, 21 March 2019

Leadership - A Farce?!

What on earth!!
What next??
Can we make any more of a mess than this?
Its shambolic!
Its like a continuous experience of going to the circus........
These are some of the statements, and there are many more,  that have been made in recent days as people have listened to and experienced the turbulence of our governmental wrestles with the future of our country. 

I think it would not be unfair to say we are all tired of what seems, and often feels like the school playground antics of grown up men and women, who are given the privilege to lead.   Not only a privilege but the authority to lead the United Kingdom.

I have to say what we have witnessed in recent days, from almost all of our elected representatives  has in no way demonstrated healthy leadership.

I wrote in my last blog 'Leadership needs to be in my view, not only creative but free to explore the uncharted waters of possibilities.  Sadly it seems so many leaders are weighed down, almost anchored to their systems, safety nets and operational guidelines?  Let alone the expectations of others.  I wonder when did you last sense the freedom of'flying in your spirit, with the Holy Spirit?'

Ive been thinking. 
So how are we as Christian leaders demonstrating the values and principles of the Kingdom in our own leadership?  How are we modelling what we believe?  How and what kind of influence are we leaving behind in our wake?

It does feel like its time for a new kind of leadership in our nation.  So said one of the so called 'rebel labour leaders', a few weeks ago.

I love this quote from John Stott 'The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are “under” people as their servants rather than “over” them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power.'

The leadership of Jesus and therefore the leadership of his subsequent followers always needs to demonstrate the life and ministry of a servant.   We are not on earth to lord it over others but to walk humbly and to live lives full of grace.   'In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.' Matthew 5:16

I wonder if there are lessons that could be learnt by our elected representatives if they truly represented the views of 'their people?'
I wonder if the Church, the people of God should be actually giving a strong lead and prophetic voice at this time?
I wonder if we should stand up for the values of the Kingdom and the margins of society, now as much as ever.

Ill leave you with this great quote from Henri Nouwen.

“The Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. That is the way Jesus came to reveal God's love. The great message that we have to carry, as ministers of God's Word and followers of Jesus, is that God loves us not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created and redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.”
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

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