Immigration and Leadership by AChuckAllen
Like every crisis on the planet, the solutions seem incredibly simple from a distance. But, like every crisis on the planet, the closer you get to the problem, the more complex the solutions become.
That is why leadership is always the answer. Somebody has to set a course and lead people through the crisis.
It’s been said that “Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership.” I’ve heard that phrase thousands of times and I’ve also heard that the definition of “LEADERSHIP is INFLUENCE.” Well, that creates quite a quandry. What if everything does indeed rise or fall with leadership, but the influence of the leader is self-serving, politically motivated, or even evil? What if that influence is just flat out wrong? Let’s face it, if leadership is influence and we stop at that conclusion, then Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin were great leaders…but we know that’s not the case.
Here’s a thought, WHATEVER INFLUENCES & WHOEVER INFLUENCES THE LEADER WILL INFLUENCE THE LEADERSHIP & IT’S INFLUENCE.
The crisis on our southern border is indeed a crisis. When children without parents are sleeping on concrete floors with bright lights and overcrowded conditions, we have a crisis. I’m not writing today from a political perspective, I simply wonder if governments are really the right outlet to provide the solutions? I realize that our Border Service is underfunded and under staffed, but I am not writing to criticize the governments, the families fleeing from South American war and economic crisis zones, I’m writing about the kids paying the price for poor leadership that seems to not prioritize the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of children’s lives and wellbeing.
This crisis needs leadership to step in and determine how we can love and care for these families and especially these children. I’m in no way suggesting that this is simple to fix the bigger picture. I am saying that opening doors for churches, like mine, to send resources and people to help minister to the children in need is a step in the right direction. I am saying that presidential and congressional leaders, law enforcement and faith-based NGO’s must set aside the partisan grandstanding and LEAD. Lead with godly and gracious intentions. Lead with the heart of a servant. Lead with a compassionate heart for these kids. Lead with courage that places the wellbeing of children at the top of the list, rather than votes and sound bites.
Friends, I see the presidential tweets and hear the retoric from both sides of the aisle and just cringe. Somehow, I cannot help but wonder what Abraham Lincoln would think of this nonsense? It’s time – Past Time – for someone to stand above the crowd and LEAD! I watched the Democratic Debates last week and WOW! Between what we have and what we might have we should all ask the question, “Is that the best we have to offer the world and this crisis?”
So, how about you join me in praying about what part we might play in stepping up and leading? Especially in regard to this humanitarian crisis. I am committed to determining what I can do. I have set my heart on praying for the kids stuck in this very messy middle. And I want to LEAD the church that I am proud to pastor into doing everything that we can do as well.
AGAIN, please hear me. I do not see this as the political hot potato that Washington sees. I see this as a crisis of LEADERSHIP and it is founded in the cold, dead hearts of leaders lacking the compassion or the courage to get in the thick of this and do something about it. As a result, I am asking you to join me in searching for and discovering what part we can individually and collectively do to make a difference!
Go in Peace,