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: 11. Initiative

The Qualities of a Leader:
11.          Initiative

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Senator Robert F. Kennedy

The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.
- IBM founder Thomas J. Watson

Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
- Conrad Hilton, Hotel Executive

There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing:  I do the things that I believe ought to be done. . . .And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.
- President Theodore Roosevelt

                There are followers and there are leaders.  Which are you?

I know many of you reading this have a title that says ‘leader,’ but you were chosen for your position because of your knowledge of your field, your prior success in running a department, or your ability to follow through on the directives of your superiors, not necessarily because you are a leader per se.

Actually leadership and follow-ship form two ends of a continuum.  Everybody has both qualities in varying amounts, depending on the circumstances.  And then some personalities are geared more for one or the other.  And then in the end, of course, you have a choice.  When a person is a follower, they generally will work entirely within their comfort zone.  Someone else makes the decisions, and they take the responsibility for the outcomes.  A leader often will have to break out of their comfort zone to head in a new direction.  Starting a new company is one such example, where the leader makes the rules for everything and pays the price for any failures.

Maxwell tells the story of Kemmons Wilson, who felt he wasn’t being paid fairly for his work as a bookkeeper.  He was told he was too young to make what the older bookkeepers made, so he quit and never worked for anyone else again.  He went on to found the Holiday Inn chain of hotels.  He didn’t like the ones he stayed in on his travels, so he started his own.

We noted previously that “to lead” also means “to show the way.”  If something is wrong, if something is broken, if something needs to be improved, if something is not going as well as it should, if something needs to be changed, you can wait around for somebody else to do it.  Or, the leader will say, I will do it myself.  That is initiative, taking the effort to make things happen.

Maxwell lists 4 parts of this process of showing  initiative.

1)            Leaders know what they want. 
2)            They push themselves to act. 
3)            They take more risks.
4)            They make more mistakes. 

Remember, if success was easy, everybody would be one.  I lost my job while trying to do the right thing and while doing my best for a bigger cause.  I don’t know yet what the next step is, so I can’t tell you yet how this failure was either a stepping stone or in any way contributed to my future success.  But I tried to do the right thing, and that is always the right thing to do. 

I am not asking you to do anything because I say so, but then I didn’t make up the laws of leadership.  They are as true as the law of gravity.  So what do you want?  From your team?  From your life?  From life itself?  If you do nothing, that may just well be what you get in return.  Nothing.