The Inside Column 17/6

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jun 17, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

A Christian theology of leadership holds two things together. The first is the conviction that God is the ultimate source of power and authority in our world.

The second conviction is that a Godly exercise of power and authority (in leadership) is about developing and protecting what is in our charge – working and taking care of what has been entrusted to us. In a world which has fallen from grace, the delegated power inherent in leadership is very often abused to become self-serving and self-protecting rather than other-serving and other-protecting, which is the true task of leadership. This is why a leader’s character is such a crucial ingredient in good leadership.

Martin Luther famously described sin as ‘human beings turned in on them selves’ – a self-serving and self-protecting way of life. The transformational message of the Christian faith is that in Jesus Christ, our sin can be healed and our lives redirected outward from a destructive self-serving and self-protecting posture to one that is other-serving, other-protecting and life giving.

Two weeks ago we celebrated sixty years of Queen Elizabeth’s leadership. The Queen in her Christmas address six months ago said this: ‘Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive. Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love. It is my prayer that…we might all find room in our lives for the message of… the love of God through Christ our Lord.’

Let as join in her prayer, that in our nation we would all know more of the transforming love of God in our lives, families and communities, through Christ our Lord.

Yours in Christ

Philip

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