The violent clash in the beautiful city of Charlottesville should prompt us to think through and insist on basic moral leadership at all levels in our society. The alternative is unthinkable. Some thoughts…
- Our society needs moral leadership now.
- Moral leadership is not a function of public relations.
- Moral leadership must use words to clearly identify evils and virtues where they exist.
- Moral leadership must be more than words; it cannot be reduced to slogans or catchphrases.
- Moral leadership takes action.
- Moral leadership requires a sustained commitment that never ends.
- Moral leadership is not naive about human vice; it examines the deep roots of evil; it does not offer simplistic solutions.
- Moral leadership does the hard work of discernment and is shaped by deep wisdom.
- Moral leadership must come from spiritual leaders who serve the greater good, not just their own tribes.
- We should expect political leaders to understand and apply fundamental moral values like dignity, truth, and freedom with precision and consistency.
- We should discuss now: “what are the fundamentals of character and integrity required for moral leadership that we should apply to all leadership selections in the future?”
- Moral leadership does not lie within us, it ultimately must come “from above.”
“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:16-17).
What do you think?