In this episode, we talk about how false dichotomies arise especially in seasons of crisis, and how they can inhibit us from being the leaders God calls us to be at this time.
In God, in Christ, in the Bible, we don’t have to choose between these two. In 2 Corinthians 1:4-5, the word “comfort” means “strength.” The verses tell us that God strengthens us that we might strengthen others with the strength that God has given to us. Where are you now in this spectrum? Are you burned out? Are you overfunctioning?
We are called to do both.
There is nothing wrong with engaging in ideas and pointing out what needs to be improved. But when we cross the line into divisiveness, that comes from a shift in our heart and our mind, where we believe we are superior to the people we are talking down to. And that has no place for people who have been saved by the blood of Jesus.
Titus 3:1-7 reminds us that when we remember who we used to be before Jesus and how we got saved only because of Jesus, we are able to speak to others with perfect courtesy. So it’s not a question of: Should I share hope or point out what needs to be improved? It’s a question of: How do I do either? It’s possible to point out errors and still do it in a way that’s gracious. Colossians 4:5-6 tells us to let our speech be gracious. This differentiates us as leaders of God at this time.
The ENC Leadership Podcast is hosted by Joseph Bonifacio.
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