where religion and politics meet

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is what one believes about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.

If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.

Countries also have a worldview, a way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Ours used to be Christianity. Now it is secularism, which is practical atheism.

Some of us are trying to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.

A religion is not a culture, though it creates one. It is not what you prefer, like your taste in music or your favorite movie. It is what you believe to be true. Because it deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, but the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation and critical thinking.

Every human being has the duty to search for and learn the truth about life. Education and science used to be valuable tools in this search, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary or worthwhile.

poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues,

For now I want to focus my writing now articles specifically addressed to Christians. So most of my new posts will be on my other website listed below. I will continue to write and post short responses to newspaper columns and letters and even other articles as the inspiration hits me.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Qualities of a Leader: 13. Passion

The Qualities of a Leader:

13.          Passion

                What’s the number one thing you look for when you hire someone?  Experience?  Intelligence? Personality?    Let’s ask the same question a little differently?  What’s the number one quality that contributes to a person’s success?  Find that, and you will have answered that first question.

                I can’t document the following statistics, but I trust Maxwell.  But I also believe them from what I know about people.  He says that “more than 50 percent of all CEOs of Fortune 500 companies had C or C- averages in college.  Nearly 75 percent of all U.S. presidents were in the bottom half of their school classes.  And more than 50 percent of all millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college.”  p. 83

                So he asks the question:  “What makes it possible for people who might seem ordinary to achieve great things?  The answer is passion.  Nothing can take the place of passion in a leader’s life.”  p. 83

                Part of our problem is that many of us are doing the wrong things with our lives.  We have jobs, where what we need are missions.  We have jobs where we ask someone else what they want done and how they want it done.  I know, I know. We can’t all start our own businesses, but leaders can find it hard to work for someone else. 

Jest saying the word inspires me.  Passion cost me my job at Whole Foods.  I hope it doesn’t do the same for you, unless perhaps you are not in the place you are meant to be. 

                Are you passionate about what you do?  Do you look forward to going to work in the morning?  Do you find it hard to leave at times, because there is so much that you want to do?  Do you do far more than is required, just because you love what you do?   That is passion.

                As a leader, you need it.  The thing is contagious, and you want and need your team to have it as well.  You have to sell them on the cause, and they have to see that you have bought into it yourself.  If you don’t have passion about what you are dong, then you are not a leader.  Well, at least not here. 

                It would be good to ask yourself two questions:  the one is, of course: are you passionate about your work?  But then, what I think is even more important than that:  What is your passion?  It may not even have anything to do with your current job.  If the answers to both questions are the same, you are fortunate.  If they are different, well, I’m not sure if I can tell you what to do.  You have to answer that one for yourself.

                Maxwell lists 4 truths about passion: 
                1)            Passion is the first step to achievement.
                2)            Passion increases your willpower.
                3)            Passion changes you.
                4)            Passion makes the impossible possible.

                I don’t think I even need to elaborate on them.   I have a dream.  I have passion.  Just thinking about this makes me want to stop writing this and get back to working on my passion. 

One last quote from Maxwell:  “A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and no passion.”  p. 85

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