Standing on principles, fighting for the right, and defending the defenseless are noble causes that often bring headache to the leader. We argue that because the role is noble and just that everyone should aspire to it. We suggest that doing anything but it cause for alarm, is a sign of moral weakness. We often assume that the price will appear to be more than gain, but we should pursue the right no matter what.
It is as if we are saying to each other, and to ourselves, that there is no immediate benefit to doing things God's way, and one is free to question if there ever will be!
Religions of all colors and shapes suggest discipline and standing on the “right” principle are admirable and traits to which we should strive. The rationale varies, but, at the core, there is a view that we will gain something from our work.
Given my responsibility for creating and driving change, the question of what to do with principles is never far from my mind. Do I ignore the lives of the people who work with me, blinding implementing corporate policy? Where do my responsibilities end? Is the truth a variable commodity that one can be shape for the occasion? Does the respect that I seek only available for me, or do I believe that everyone has equal access?
God's model in His relationship with you and I is in stark contrast to the questions. God knows in advance that I will continue to fail; yet, he continues to love you and I unconditionally just as we are. God knows all the shortcuts and still takes the journey with no compromising. God gives us freedom of choice, knowing that we can and will walk away. God loves us because of who he is, not for what we do.
Paul reasons, “that's why you must live responsibly – not just to avoid punishment but also because it's the right way to live.” (Romans 13.5) My experience confirms that God's right way is heaven realized. Now to follow. . .