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CLARITY – 7-8-19 Priorities

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-8-19

Priorities

What’s Happening: “Slated to be the Navy’s contribution to the next Joint Chiefs of Staff and the next top Admiral, William Moran retired quite unexpectedly amid confessed inappropriate sexual actions. He played the part of Santa at a Christmas party in 2016 and had slapped the backside of a couple of women there. He was allowed to retire rather than face charges (https://www.yahoo.com/news/admiral-become-navys-top-officer-retire-instead-citing-054701955.html). ‘As painful as it is to submit my request to retire, I will not be an impediment whatsoever to the important service that you and your families continue to render the nation every day. I believe in the institution. And I believe I am doing right by it,’ said Moran.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a shame! Still, it was just a party…just a moment of indiscretion.”

Biblical Response:  “Good thing that indiscretion, that ‘poor judgment,’ didn’t cost lives. Surely, it’s unfortunate, but I appreciate the fact that he defaulted to higher priorities. Leadership has repercussions. Good repercussions for good decisions. Bad repercussions for bad decisions. The Admiral knew this and now he’s paying the price. It’s unfortunate and certainly a waste of a career, a lifetime of training and the future for his family. Still, I admire him for his integrity…albeit in hindsight. Should he have had different priorities? Perhaps. Probably, he was thinking with the wrong organ.”

“The Scripture has a whole lot of requirements for leadership (2 Tim. 2:2; Heb. 13:7; etc.). Pastors and fathers need to live and teach the following correct priorities: God, Family, Church, Personal Ministry…and then Career. Maybe that’s what the Admiral did…a little late. At least he has earned the benefit of the doubt.”

“Christians? The requirement of leadership is a life beyond reproach. That is why Paul says: ‘Follow me as I follow Christ’ (1 Cor. 4:17) (emphasis mine). ” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose leaders carefully and not be too quick to judge others; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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