How Christians Can Be Attitude Leaders in Times of Deep Transition (Part 2 of 4)

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Some guiding scripture verses:

 Be Gentle and Kind.

Galatians 5:15. “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

Pace Yourself

Ecclesiastes 9:11. “The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”

Communicate: Tell the Truth in Love

Eph: 4.14-16. “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” 

Honor One Another Above Yourselves

Romans 10.9-16. ”Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people in low position. Do not be conceited.”

Stay Calm, Give Trust, Build Trust

Psalm 131.1-3: “My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forever.”

So, to deep transition. Take a few moments to soak in these verses above. They gather around the heartbeat of the Christian way. Feel the density of their wisdom. Write them down. Print them off. Memorize them. If you do, when all your emotions rush to your throat, in the driest and thirstiest seasons of transition, you will take on the mind of Christ and remember to quench yourself on Christian love.

Ultimately, if we are talking about making it Christianly through transition, we should expect many things. We should never see a sentimental traditionalist mocked, or somebody eager for change, on the other hand, deflated. We should never find an overwhelming spirit of unfettered criticism, just as we should expect safe environments, created for speaking truth and mutual encouragement. We should encourage one another to take risks in each other’s coveted territories and offer one another constructive criticism to help make co-laboring efforts better.

We would never see leaders manipulating their followers, just as we should never see the masses devouring their leaders in public or private. This would be sub-Christian, a situation devoid of ancient wisdom.

We should continually challenge the status quo as much as we should offer the benefit of the doubt, time and again and give an abundance of kindness and offer patient words. We would find leaders forgiving one another and whole populations of people abandoning their aspirations and projects for God’s apparent will.

We should never see people retreating for long stretches of time into isolation and bitterness (this is sub-Christian), just as much as we should be willing to speak to one another with candor with a measure of patience in our affliction.

We should never encourage young people to flee from change or old people to fear it. We should never let the cynic be lost in hopelessness or the optimist crushed. We should encourage open dialogue and a culture of humility where every one of us would be open to being wrong. Above all we should bless one another; bless and not curse.

 

Part One

Part Three

Part Four

Parts One-Four (pdf)

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