This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
First, a couple of good articles on “Thoughts and Prayers”…
The first was written in 2015 following the San Bernadino shooting…
On ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After Another Mass Shooting
…we must never settle for a false dichotomy between prayer and action, as if it were impossible to pray while acting or act while praying. Nonetheless it is vital, whenever possible, to pray before acting lest our activity be in vain.
To insist that people should act instead of pray, or that we should act without praying, is idolatry, substituting the creature for the Creator. It insinuates that goodness can be known, possessed, or done apart from relationship with the only One who is truly good. While our neighbors who do not share our faith will not agree, for people with biblical faith this prideful declaration of independence is idolatry, the original sin of humanity, and the ultimate source of the evil in the world and in our own hearts.
Then there is this one published today…
I’m Done Praying –Kevin Seguin
“Our thoughts and prayers go out…” to the victims, to their families, to the shooter’s family, to our leaders. It’s the same old song and dance, isn’t it? It’s such a predictable response that people predictably make jokes about how predictable the response is.
Personally, I think the time for praying is over…
What kind of leader would you like to be?
Effectiveness Isn’t Everything –Darryl Dash
One lifted an entire nation out of despair. He led with vision and inspired passion. His life impacted everyone alive today. He set in motion an industrial and scientific revolution that led to the invention of many things we enjoy today. By the time he died, everyone knew his name.
The second leader lived in the same era. He ran a school of a hundred students. He wrote a few books, was regarded by those who knew him as intelligent and faithful, but died with his life’s work incomplete.
Which leader would you like to be? Adolf Hitler or Dietrich Bonhoeffer?
“My point is simple,” Jethani writes. “Effectiveness isn’t everything.”
An important reminder for Christian Americans…
Majority Rule has Never Been the American Way, and It’s Not Jesus’ Way Either –Tim Fall
Some might say that in a democracy the majority rules. Those in the minority can only hope to convince enough people to agree with their position so as to become the majority the next time.
That might be how it is in a strict democracy, but the United States is not a strict democracy. It’s a constitutional democracy. Despite what the majority desires, if the desire conflicts with the U.S. Constitution the majority will not get what it wants…
At no time does the Constitution allow the government to become “the mere instrument of the major number.” …
The way of Christ is the way of protection of the downtrodden, those unable to speak for themselves. This is the way of God for all his people, regardless of politics, regardless of being in the majority or minority.
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Defining Authenticity –Seth Godin
For me, it’s not “do what you feel like doing,” because that’s unlikely to be useful.
You might feel like hanging out on the beach, telling off your boss or generally making nothing much of value. Authenticity as an impulse is hardly something to aspire to.
It’s not, “say whatever is on your mind,” either.
Instead, I define it as, “consistent emotional labor.”
We call a brand or a person authentic when they’re consistent, when they act the same way whether or not someone is looking. Someone is authentic when their actions are in alignment with what they promise.
Showing up as a pro.
Even when you don’t feel like it.
Especially when you don’t.