I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
Mahatma Gandhi, best I recall, once said something like “I love Jesus. It’s Christians who ruin it.”
I can relate.
Don’t get me wrong.
I love every cracked pot, sin stained, hypocritical one of us. (Especially when we admit this is who we are.)
It would be cool though if we were a little more attractive to folks who want to love Jesus but are repelled by the oft times unrepentant greed, sordid bias, and judgmental character of those who lay claim to his graceful ways.
But this isn’t altogether about that.
I got to thinking what would happen if we made our choices about our passions based on the behavior of others.
What if we all decided which sports team to support based on the sportsmanship displayed by their fans? Might not that team emphasize sportsmanship amongst its supporters?
What if we all chose which politician would get our vote based on the civility of her/his supporters? Might not that politician quit acting in ways that embarrass his/her Mom?
What if folks really do respond to expectations?
I don’t do sports. Athletics doesn’t lend itself to sportsmanship- strangely enough.
I won’t burden you with politics since that seems the last place to find civility - strangely enough.
However, I do want Mr. Gandhi to look at us and see the beauty, the joy, the hope, the love, the newness because it is in us that the truth that sets you free is most clearly seen - strangely enough.
As our Friend and I were doing our Sunday morning walk through we were talking about what repels and what attracts. He smiled at me the way he does and said…
“You can tell a lot about leaders when you look at followers.”