The world today is crying for leadership. Character. Strength. Values. Honesty. Humility.
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called the Sons of God – Mt. 5:9
Peacemaking is about the love of others more than self, genuine apology, and repentant behavior. This type of leadership requires incarnation. It requires a relationship. It requires dialogue.
One of the reasons I follow Jesus Christ is because of his street credentials. He left his privilege to come to live as a man – Phil 2. He was tempted in all things just as I am – Heb 4:15. He experienced the joys and trials of human life. He served to the point of death on behalf of those he loves – John 15:13. I do not now, nor did I ever earn his grace and love. I love him because he first loved me – I John 4:13.
That leadership model can be transferred into today’s world, as well. The adults in the room take responsibility. They take the first step. They apologize. They pay the bill. They invite sons and daughters into welcoming arms. Then and only then can the adults hold the sons and daughters accountable to experiences of real leadership, love, and acceptance. Only then can the adult encourage the sons and daughters to own their shortcomings. In an environment of being understood, everyone can seek to understand.
Thank you, Jesus, for your incarnational example, a cornerstone of good missiology. May I follow your lead as I seek out hurting people that need love and peace along with freedom from injustice.
I long for a leader in our US government who will follow that Jesus model for leadership.
If I were one of President Trump’s advisors, here is one thing I would push for:
The Whitehouse is a 14-minute walk away from the Martin Luther King Memorial. President Trump – invite people to the White House who truly want to dialogue and address issues. Perhaps leaders of the House and Senate, Police, Black Caucus, Black Lives Matter, and whatever other bodies represent People of Color and meet together without the press. Let everyone speak. You just sit there and listen in silence unless they need your apology.
Then walk those 14 minutes together in unity to that MLK Memorial.
Deliver a speech acknowledging your time of listening. Let others speak to the nation. Commit to forming a body of advisors made up of leaders (from both sides of the aisle) to become a Truth and Reconcilation Commission. ∗
Let’s let Jesus and George Floyd lead us to actions that result in peacemaking. And we will be called Sons of God.
∗The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like body assembled in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. Anybody who felt they had been a victim of violence could come forward and be heard at the TRC. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from prosecution.