Here is a great video clip from the movie Invictus, which is about how Nelson Mandela used the South African Rugby team as a way to unify the country that had been torn apart by racial apartheid by getting all Africans--black and white--to root for the team.
In this clip, Mandela asks Matt Damon's character what is philosophy on leadership is. Damon responds that he leads by example. Mandela says that people need to be inspired by the others. That they need something to cheer for and draw inspiration from. A poem. A song. A team that is unified and puts all else aside for the goal of victory.
Is that not what we are called to do in the body of Christ? Are we looking for a poem--how about Phil 2:5f? Are we looking for a song for inspiration--how about "Amazing Grace?" Are we looking for a victory and goal to put about all else--how about victory in Jesus Christ and the goal of reconciling the world to him, defeating Satan, and standing together with Christ?
Those who put aside selfishness, anger, gossip, pride, distractions of the world, and all the vain things that charm us most are the true leaders in God's kingdom. That is true leadership. That is the inspiration that the world needs and is looking for.
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Dr. James Nored is a preacher, evangelist, writer, and missional leader. He currently preaches and helps lead the church into mission at the Fairfax Church of Christ in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.