Accountability and Credibility
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. -Hebrews 10:24
Over the past couple weeks, The Joshua Commission has jumped head first into the difficult topic of racism and it impacts our lives, communities, families, and much more. We’ve outlined several issues that plague society as well and took a good, hard look at our own lives and where we could be better. Now it’s time to focus on how we can take steps towards fixing some of these issues. What better place to begin than using a sports analogy?
I’m a huge sports fan. I love all kinds of sports from basketball to badminton, baseball to bowling, hockey to chess… you name it, I’ll watch it. However, in my mind, football takes the cake! There is nothing like a Saturday afternoon sitting on the couch with my sons watching the Ohio State Buckeyes beat up whoever they’re playing. Football is so intriguing to me for many reasons, but the main reason is the team aspect of the game. There is no other sport that requires each person to do their job in order to reach success quite like football.
The really good teams have one common denominator… good leadership. In order for the team to do well, each piece must be doing what they’re job in order to help the team. When an element of the team is not doing the right things, they will immediately be called out in order to fix the issue.
As Kingdom Men, we are called to be the leaders of our team. Our team can be our families, our churches, our workplaces, our friends… you name it, you can lead it. We are also called to be a representative of Christ to our communities and what did Christ do when he witnessed injustices? He called it out.
We know from the past couple of weeks that racism is still present in today’s society. It may not be as open as it once was or as visible to naked eye, but I can assure you, it’s there… and it’s ugly. When we see the ugly, we need to call out the ugly. Pretending it isn’t there or avoiding it only increases it. Accountability and credibility are two of the most powerful weapons we have as men. Shining light on the darkness eliminates the darkness.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:5
Accountability is a scary thing for many of us. As much as I hate to admit it, I really struggle with this in my life. I don’t like to point things out to people that they’re doing wrong, even if it helps them. I’ve learned that the darker the issue, the scarier it is to bring light to, but Jesus didn’t say follow me and you’ll skate through life and everything will be easy. No, he said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Mathew 16:24.
Calling out injustice and shining light is denying yourself. My desire in most situations is to protect my peace and not risk conflict, but Jesus specifically says that we are to push that aside and focus on building His kingdom.
Today’s question: Can you recognize truth and authenticity? Can you recognize ugly and counterfeit? Do you have the courage to call out the difference, to call ugly ugly? To stand as Peace Maker in truth for your brothers, (even those of a different race) even if it is uncomfortable?