Lanny Donoho on the election

“I have yet to see negativity, fear, cynicism (ok well i kinda like to be a cynic now and then) rudeness, blame,and a mean spirit, to take anyone down the road to the wonder of God.”


What is the President’s job?

Yesterday I talked about how maybe we aren’t asking all the right questions.  There are issues beyond “the issues” and beyond the party with the question of who our president will be.  This year as I’ve given it more and more thought, one of the most important issues for me is the question of leadership.

It first struck me in reading about leadership as it applies to the church and business.  I think we get sucked into so much to the political talk that we neglect this major issue.  We spend lots of time concerned about it in the church & business worlds.  We ask: what is your record; can you manage people; how do your inferiors perform (i.e do you make them better while they make you better).

Everyone has different opinions about our current President.  You can think what you will of the war, taxes, economy, etc.  However regardless of your political position, I think where he has lacked has been in the area of leadership.  He has be bold when neccesary, and decisive when need be.  Those are good things.  But he has (in my opinion) chosen poor partners, appointed poor leaders beneath him, and reaped poor results in various branches and departments because of it.  

For example, the biggest turnaround in Iraq happened after the appointment of a new leader.  That is not a coincidence.  I would also say this has been one of the largest problems with getting something done with the current economic crisis.  President Bush has lost his leadership value, and you can see it as no one really cares what he as to say about the situation.

So the question is, which of these two men would be the greater leader of our country?  Who would make the best executive, the best “governmental CEO.”  Because that is the presidents job, if we remember.  He does not legislate, he does not judge; however we regularly vote based on what laws a president says he will enact and what ruling he says he will overturn.  But how will he LEAD?  How will he command control of a massive, ungainly corporation that is our government?

Do “the issues” matter?  Absolutely.  Should we look to our legislators to do the legislating?  I think so.

 The issues and leadership are tied together in many ways, I understand that.  But does leadership matter more?  You’ll have to decide.

Postmodern Politics

This is one of the most unique & insightful things I have read this election season. The modern/postmodern discussion and debate has been at the forefront of Christian thought for quite a while now. In the Out of Ur blog Collin Hansen filters the candidates and last weeks debate through this lens.

As much as we discuss how the postmodern world has changed people faith and views, I’ve never thought much about how it effects politics. It is completely applicable and in the same way we must adjust our leadership in the church, we must also in government. Which is not to say I am endorsing either candidate because of this one issue.

It does bring up something I’ve given lots of thought this year-the more I see, the more I think we should be focusing more on leadership ability as the main litmus test when choosing a candidate. That’s a big topic, so more on that later.

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