CHECK YOUR COMPASS SETTINGS
In 2019 when Maryland Representative and civil rights advocate Elijah Cummings died, his colleague in Georgia reminisced: “If Elijah Cummins said such and such a thing, it must be the right thing to do.” Another representative from Missouri agreed: “He was our moral compass.” Similarly, in answer to a question about the gifts she received from her parents, Ivanka Trump said her father passed on his moral compass to her.
The problem with moral compasses is that we might each prefer a different one.
This isn’t a new dilemma. Saint Paul tells us that in the first generation of church, some Christians rallied around the apostle Peter (Cephas in Greek), popular catechist Apollos, or Paul himself. Paul insists that moral authority is not a matter of choice for those who identify as Christian. “Is Christ divided?” he asks in 1 Corinthians 1:13. “Was Paul crucified for you?”
Good leaders are greatly desirable and may help us find our True North. But Jesus alone is Lord.
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications