There are worse things in the world than not being a leader.
This simple fact is nearly completely lost on the contemporary American-Evangelical-Leadership-Complex. I’m beginning to worry that modern-day Christians might be shocked to discover that “leader” is not a synonym of “disciple.” As a matter of fact, if the ugly history of leaders wrapping themselves in the banner of Christianity is to be believed, those words are more like antonyms than anything else.
Here’s what I mean: Everywhere I turn, Christians are consumed with “leadership” – leadership training, leadership conferences, leadership retreats, leadership books, and how we can ensure our children turn out to be leaders. As a matter of fact, I recently read an article warning me about parenting behaviors that were potentially crippling children from becoming leaders.
Well, no parent wants their children to be paralyzed, so I guess I’d better get my rear in gear and make sure my two curly-haired cuties aren’t incapacitated for life and live as anything other than leaders.