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Leadership Expectations

2008 November 4
by Julie Clawson

In acknowledgment of the most powerful nation in the world choosing a leader today, this month’s Synchroblog focuses on leadership. There are of course various places I could go on that topic, but I’ll keep it simple. I just want to give a plea to our leaders and to those that follow to be consistent.

When as people we treasure certain values – in our faith or philosophy of life – my plea is that we let those value infuse all areas of life. Loving our neighbor (and enemy) isn’t just for Sunday mornings. Certain political scenarios or economic structures don’t give us a by in that area. If we believe we are called to love, then let’s do it consistently.

If we teach our kids to share and play fairly, let’s apply the same rules to ourselves. Let’s not teach our kids the story of the Good Samaritan at church and then criticize a leader as a socialist for his desire to give care to all.

Can we stop with the excuses about why the bible doesn’t affect real life already? If we believe it, let’s really believe it. Let’s live it out and expect our leaders to live it out.


For other contributions to this Synchroblog check out –

Jonathan Brink – Letter To The President
Adam Gonnerman – Aspiring to the Episcopate
Kai – Leadership – Is Servant Leadership a Broken Model?
Sally Coleman – In the world but not of it- servant leadership for the 21st Century Church
Alan Knox – Submission is given not taken
Joe Miller – Elders Lead a Healthy Family: The Future
Cobus van Wyngaard – Empowering leadership
Steve Hayes – Servant leadership
Geoff Matheson – Leadership
John Smulo – Australian Leadership Lessons
Bryan Riley – Leading is to Listen and Obey
Susan Barnes – Give someone else a turn!
Liz Dyer – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Polls…
Helen Mildenhall – Leadership
Tyler Savage – Moral Leadership – Is it what we need?
Bill Ellis –Leadership and the Re-humanizing of the World
Ellen Haroutunian – A New Kind of Leadership
Matt Stone – Converting Leadership


19 Responses leave one →
  1. November 4, 2008

    “If we believe it, let’s really believe it. Let’s live it out and expect our leaders to live it out.” – y’know, until this election, i had forgotten how much i long to hold our leaders to any standard of living what i believe is good and right. i’m glad for this moment. amen.

  2. November 4, 2008

    Last night at a prayer gathering, what you’ve said was echoed by some of the ones there. I pray that it’ll happen too. If God so chooses to have it that way, it’ll happen in the lives of what ever leaders we elect today. Do I think that will really happen? No! I’d be extremely surprised if it did.
    Would I like to have you come preach these things at my church? Absolutely! These are the things the church needs to hear.


  3. November 4, 2008

    and I hope we can be just as consistent in how we care for the unborn life and not buy excuses from candidates who talk about life but cast a hypocritical vote.

  4. November 4, 2008

    Great thoughts on this day.

    You sure you qualify to live in Yorkville? Awfully “red state” there…

    I think that Obama has the leadership, but my cynical side still wonders if the rest of DC hasn’t already been sold to such an extent that his hands are tied.

    This war that was as much about maintaining a budget deficit as it was about oil and killed thousands of US soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. And the rest of the oil issues drawing the US in are now being set up in Iran.

    My faith is not in any human leaders, but yes I do believe that Barack Obama is uniquely qualified to lead. Will it matter?

    We will see!

  5. November 5, 2008

    Good post, but I’m not certain of all that you mean. Are you saying that Obama has a desire to give care for all? What do you mean by that?

  6. November 5, 2008

    i am with you on integrating our values in all areas of our lives & wrestling with what it means to live it out. that’s what people are wondering about–not words…the words, we all have!

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