What would you do Wednesday!
Let’s think about Christian leaders who are supposed to nationally represent the people they serve, but don’t.
This idea comes from a piece Mark Tooley wrote at The American Spectator in response to Jonathan Merritt on immigration reform. The topic here is not specific to immigration reform (though it could be an issue). Rather, we want to consider Tooley’s idea that leadership may be out of step with the people it represents.
For example, in Evangelical Grassroots versus ‘Grasstops’ Tooley writes:
Perhaps there is an expectation, based on stereotypes about evangelical docility, that churchgoers will automatically follow church leaders. But generally the evangelical grassroots, unlike some of the “grasstops,” are deeply embedded with conservative views, theologically, politically, culturally, and economically. They are also typically the most Protestant of Protestants, not especially beholden to church authority, deeply individualistic, and prone to ignore church elites professing to speak for them.
How would you react if you found yourself in this situation within your denomination (or association)?
You begin following newly elected leadership in your denomination’s national arm that speaks for you in the realm of politics, culture, and economics. However, you start to notice that the entity head’s outspoken views are not where you recall the vast majority of your denomination stands.
Upon further research on your denominations past issues, you are right! This national entity leader is out of step with where its denomination has stood for years. But…just to make sure you do not misunderstand, you check out whether or not this entity is supposed to represent the denomination.
The answer is: Yes, this entity is supposed to represent the positions of the denomination. But they are not.
What would you do?
- Go along with the leader because they know best.
- Give the entity more time to get in-line.
- Contact the entity calling for change.
- Begin a national campaign to alert the people.
- Go the the entity leaders’ churches and speak out during Sunday sermons.
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