I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the “guts” (for lack of a better term) of today’s Christianity after reading Steven Pressfield’s interesting book, The Warrior Ethos. The book is, essentially, an anthology of anecdotes from warrior cultures of old and a brief commentary on the differences between the warrior cultures
Mission is critical. By “mission,” I mean the big “M,” what we were put on earth to do. For the church, it’s making disciples of Christ and teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded. Many of us think that means baptize people and keep them in church. It’s so much more than that, because making a disciple is different from making an initial convert, and “all that Jesus commanded” is a lot.
It’s important for leaders to know what the mission is, and what it is so we can hold ourselves accountable for our leadership. Also, God’s people can know whether their leaders are leading well or not. The next time you are making a critical decision, ask yourself, “How is my/our decision actually going to further the Mission of Christ?” Then, be honest. Really. Honest. If it only tangentially applies to mission, treat the decision tangentially. This doesn’t mean it isn’t important, it just means it isn’t most important. Consider delegating it, or dealing with it quickly and moving on. Don’t spend meeting arguing whether or not you should rent your facility to such-and-such a group. Ask how it will help make disciples and teach them everything Jesus commanded. If it really won’t, you don’t need to say no, necessarily, you just don’t need to spend much time on it. Say yes, and move on.
Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:
•I have to say, Tim Tebow can take a hit.
•Ah, come on, David Petraeus! I pray he and his wife can be restored, and receive it as a reminder that even powerful and principled people must guard their hearts always.
•Let’s encourage everyone who is still sending out political tweets minute-to-minute to unplug from social media for a two-week period just for the purposes of detox… for them and us.