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Why Are White Male Mass Shooters So Angry? PART I
Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:46 PM

Why Are White Male Mass Shooters So Angry? PART I

Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:46 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:46 PM

Photo courtesy of Cox Media Group National Content Desk: WFTV9 ABC  Santa Fe School Shooting

It all began with an innocent Facebook post and question I posted on my Facebook page:

"I have a question. Since SMU has asked their faculty to ask questions of ethnic minorities they've always wanted to ask but were afraid to, I'm going to play SMU question and answer. My question is this. Why are young white males so angry? All these school shootings? White males. Columbine? Young white males. Sandy Hook? Young white male. The Charleston church massacre? Young white male. Sutherland Springs church massacre? White male. Aurora movie theater? Young white male. Las Vegas? White male. Santa Fe? White male. Parkland? White male. What are white males so angry about that they are committing all these mass murders in schools and churches? Yeah, I'm sure I will hear about Chicago and black-on-black crime. Those are one-on-one urban violence. But as far as I know these mass shootings of innocent church people and school children are angry young white males. And in the case of Las Vegas, just an angry old white man. I'm just asking what many of us talk about privately. What are y'all so angry about? Try being a black male for a minute. And I'm not being funny. But these are the kinds of issues that burn beneath the surface and cause so much outward hostility. I applaud SMU for what they're trying to do. But this is the white elephant (no pun intended) in every school or church massacre that nobody wants to talk about."

I was not prepared for the onslaught of responses!

Some angry, others well-thought through. While others predictably pointed fingers at Democrats, others blamed gun enthusiasts.

I believe bureaucrats don't have the answers and I personally do not believe there is the political will among the political establishment to make any substantive changes. Even more, to ask the tough and sometimes uncomfortable questions that need to be asked.

As a member of the NRA I personally believe in protecting the 2nd Amendment, but not blindly so. It may have less to do with the 2nd Amendment and more to do with federal and state governments providing funding to help local school districts combat this growing and insidious evil. 

But simply throwing money at social problems is rarely the answer.  We have to as leaders, be mature enough and have courage enough to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations.

Can we just lay all the cards on the table and stop playing political football with people's lives?

In my opinion no law, unless it is one of the ten handed down from God to Moses, is beyond the scope of tweaking if it no longer adequately covers and serves the purposes and safety of the American public; or, adequately addresses real-time issues.

None of us have all the answers, but together there is not much determined Americans can't do if we have the will and mind to do it.

The same old tired politically driven platitudes, "listening tours" and political posturing have gotten us nowhere and will get us nowhere. 

As committed of a Christian I am, even I am tired of politicians sending their "thoughts and prayers."

How about sending some leadership? Some solutions?

This series of blogs give voice to the thoughts of ordinary citizens like you, like me, without filters. I asked permission to reprint their comments from my Facebook page and this is the first in a four-part series.

Politicians need to hear beyond their "base" and hand-picked panels and really listen to what people are saying.

This first guest blog post, as posted to my Facebook page, is written by Lisa Prude Sams.


By Guest Blogger
Lisa Prude Sams

I "self-identify" as a white woman. I am a Christ follower, politically, fiscally and socially conservative.

I have a background/education as a Social Worker with adolescents, Minister to Women, and secular nonprofit leadership.

I am NOT a gun person, and I don't know enough about current gun laws or background checks to comment other than to say - if better, deeper, more extensive checks will help, then yes, do it!

And if restricting access to certain types of guns will help, I'm all in. 

I believe there is more to this than gun control. I believe that there are several root causes to this horror of young white males taking weapons to schools and churches, or anywhere else and killing their peers or strangers en masse.

Overall, it's a sin problem - which is the issue in each of my premises - it's ALL a sin problem. But, I want to break it down. As I use the pronoun "we", I mean "we, the white people."

It's a greed problem.

This is not a new phenomenon as some commentators try to portray.

For thousands of years, the group "in power" has devised ways to extinguish or subdue the non powerful - especially when the in-power feels threatened.

The Old Testament and secular history books are full of stories of young men seeking dominance.

The sinful desire to have superiority over God and to demonstrate control over their part of the world goes back to Cain and Abel (caveat: granted, they were not "white" as we understand the term today, however, it was a young man seeking dominance over the other, both of the same race).

In America, young white males have asserted dominance over pretty much everyone at one time or another: women, children, people of color, those less educated, etc.

There is, sadly, still a hierarchy and those at the perceived top do everything they can to stay at the top. 

It's a "drive-thru" problem.

I believe that since 1973 we have taught our children that they are disposable.

The moment abortion was fully legalized (outside the health of the mother or child or in cases of rape or incest) instead of being the exception, it became commonplace. In too many instances, it became a form of birth control.

The idea that having a child would prove embarrassing, inconvenient, or ill-advised, "so abort", gained a foothold in our society (non church-going as well as church-going). When we can dispose of a pregnancy in an afternoon, we can just as easily ignore the child once it arrives: day care, so-called latchkey children, and now we can just plop them down with a device and they can entertain themselves.

We drive through for food, coffee and even order groceries online because we are too busy to do it ourselves.

We've become too busy to make a pot of coffee and too busy to sit down and listen to our kids.

It's a "lack of good male role models" problem.

We (white people, especially us "church-going" white people) love to point to the problem of fatherless households in the "poor sections of town," but forget that the divorce rate of church-going whites is the same as non church-going whites. And, there are as many white teens getting pregnant and parenting without the father of the baby playing an active role.

After a divorce is final, moms typically have the bulk of responsibility for raising the children. And they usually have to either take on more work responsibility or go to work, which further cuts into the quantity and quality of parent-child time.

I am NOT saying that single moms aren't doing enough. I'm saying the opposite. They are overwhelmed and tired and carry the weight of the world. And if they have sons, they need a strong male role model. An in-your-face, on the front lines, role model. Not an every-other-weekend role model. Not a far away, unreachable, fictional movie/tv, sports role model. 

I don't like when people complain or accuse without offering solutions, so what can we do?

  1. We tell Americans, "If you see something, say something." From most of the reporting after these mass shooting by young white males, it comes to light that someone DID say something, but nothing happened. If it's a legal issue, let's fix it. If it's a source issue, seek a second source for confirmation. Let's respond quickly and decisively when someone says, "John Doe is posting scary stuff online", or "John Doe threatened Jack," or "John Doe is not acting like himself lately." Why is this so difficult to accomplish? 
  2. Teach the importance of respecting all people, all viewpoints, all ideas. It takes time, effort and accountability.
  3. In families, neighborhoods, friendships, we must offer tangible help to single parents. Two parent families can partner with a single parent family and triple team the kids! 
  4. At schools, we must partner with teachers, staff, school resource officers and volunteers to get to know EVERY student. Join, or support, the PTA. Did you know that in many school districts, you don't have to be a parent to join the PTA? You just have to be willing. And pass the background check.
  5. In churches, we must do better at partnering teenagers with mentors. Research consistently supports the idea that teenagers need at least two adults in their lives, other than their parents, to whom they can turn for advice, encouragement and guidance. If you have some extra time, volunteer in the children's or youth ministries. Get to know the kids and their parents. Be available.
  6. At home, no closed doors. No computers or phones or tablets except in the common areas of the house. No privacy settings on your kids' social media. Read EVERYTHING. Track EVERYTHING. It's not an invasion, it's protection. Your house, your rules. And, honestly, parents are as bad as kids. We've got an escalating pornography addiction problem in America because it's easy to access and easy to keep secret. When the adults in the house have secrets, they avoid confronting their kids' secrets. Adults need to deal with our addiction to our phones, too. It breaks my heart to see families at restaurants and each person at the table is on a phone or tablet. There are so many conversations that Americans need to be having as families, as friends, as churches, as communities/states, and as a nation.

But, as most things do, it takes courage to ask the hard questions and to listen to the responses.

With prayer, conversation, conviction, and willingness, we (all of us) can make changes.

You Can Be Arrogant and Smart - But If You're Smart You Won't Be Arrogant
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:34 PM

You Can Be Arrogant and Smart - But If You're Smart You Won't Be Arrogant

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:34 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:34 PM

As public leaders, we care about our public image. Image is the root word of imagine.

The image you and I project is a reflection of who and what we want people to imagine us to be.

"Look at me! I project everything good and wholesome and right and clean. I am so much better than... just look at me." Really?

Image is not necessarily a bad thing. However, when you and I imagine we are more superior, more attractive, smarter; better than and more entitled than others because of position, pedigree or power - and snobbishly act it out as though it were true, it becomes an image of swagger and arrogance.

On the other hand, you and I can be genuine, selfless and without pretense - leading, guiding and serving others with excellence, humility and grace - that's smart.

You can be arrogant and smart; but if you're smart, you won't be arrogant.

Arrogance is a product of pride. God hates pride and pride is at the root of every public leader's fall from grace. Whether politician or preacher.

Not extramarital affairs. Not money laundering. Not fraud. Not bribery. Pride. Arrogance is the rotten fruit that grows from the rotten root - pride.

Pride makes us BELIEVE we can get away with these things. And in arrogance, we act them out.

It's the same trap so many get caught in. And in shame are rendered useless.

Arrogance builds the ego, but it rots the soul. 

Arrogance has cost millionaires their fortunes, professional athletes their careers, leaders and preachers their reputations, executives their positions and everyday people their livelihoods - leaving behind trails of wrecked lives, broken marriages and damaged families.

God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6 1 Peter 5:5).

Keep it real and stay humble.

Pride is the mousetrap and arrogance is the cheese. 


Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

She is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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Bouncing Back From Defeat: What to do When You Run for Office But Lose
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 1:59 PM

Bouncing Back From Defeat: What to do When You Run for Office But Lose

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 1:59 PM
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 1:59 PM

Sometimes God allows us to lose a race to test how badly we want to serve. If you're the "one and done" typethat's all you will ever be.

And sometimes He allows defeat more than once. More than twice.

I lost my first city council race. I ran four subsequent times and never lost again.

Losing a political campaign hurts. You put in months sometimes years of hard work.

Unless one has lived through it, it is difficult to understand or comprehend the depth and width of pain.

You hurt not only for yourself and lost opportunity, but for the pain and disappointment of family and friends who lived and died with every insult, lie and misrepresentation of your character.

You feel you let down volunteers who spent hours away from their families and in some cases jobs to put out yard signs, make phone calls or work the polls.

You're on an emotional roller coaster.

If there is any consolation at all, and this is what I had to comfort myself with when I lost - know that God is yet in control.

He may not be saying no, just not yet. Or, as was the case with me, not this office but one even higher.

Scripture teaches that God withholds no good thing from us (Psalm 84:11). That includes the office or position He has pre-determined for us. He knows what is ahead and sometimes what appears to be defeat is actually protection; or, part of His perfecting process to prepare us for something more.

Defeat in the life of a Christian is either a delay or a detour.

What we think is best, could be far less than what God has purposed for us. And sometimes in order to get to the best, we have to experience the pain of loss along the way.

When I first ran and lost city council, I ran for a district seat. The citywide seat I would win five years later, had not even been created when I ran the first time. Wasn't even a thought.

The citizens voted on a city charter change, adding an additional at-large seat to the council.

My goal from the beginning was to serve in whatever capacity I could to make our city better.

When I lost, I continued to serve as a volunteer on city boards, the local chamber of commerce, in the Rotary Club; however and wherever I could help.

I kept the right attitude, right spirit, never lashed out at anyone and when the new citywide seat was created, even some who had opposed me five years earlier, joined with others to recruit me to run for the new citywide (at-large) seat.

If your heart's desire is to serve, don't be surprised when your heart is broken trying to serve.

If you really want to serve, a loss will never be a deterrent.

It's not losing, but how you lose. Even though losing hurts, it's a matter of if we can still praise God and serve with the same enthusiasm in defeat as we would have in victory. And, our willingness to trust God by getting back up again.

How to Handle the Loss

If you lose, it is imperative to do these five key things to recover, re-group and re-charge in ways that are healthy and productive:

  1. Be grateful for the opportunity to have run. Many who dream of running for elective office never make it past the dream. Express gratitude in tangible ways to those who helped you. They likely will not expect it but expressed gratitude goes a long way. If nothing more than a $25 gift card to a local restaurant. It's not the amount they'll remember, but the gesture. And, they will more likely sign up to volunteer next time.
  2. Keep smiling, keep serving, keep believing. Seek out other opportunities as quickly as possible to serve and let there be no task too menial. This shows humility, sincerity and those watching will be impressed by your willingness to still serve in a much lesser role.
  3. Never be bitter and if you are, never show it. It will pass. Figure out what you did wrong and determine not to do it next time around. Bitterness is always a turn off and no matter how much good you do subsequent to a bitter display of emotion, people will peg you a sore loser.
  4. Stay informed, stay involved, stay hungry and stay after it. People are more likely to vote for you the next time around if they have become more familiar with you and have become accustomed to seeing you around. You no longer will be just a name on the ballot, but a fellow volunteer, club or chamber member - even friend.
  5. Never place blame or point fingers.  This is never a good look! Accept loss as the will of the people, even more important, the will of God. We show respect for voters when we win and serve well.

We show more respect and class when we lose but still serve well.

People in many cases watch the reactions and actions of the loser more closely than the winner.

It's the same reason why people slow down in traffic to gawk at a car wreck.

Don't be the wreck many want to see. As a Christ follower, be the example many need to see!

Keep your head up and if I can encourage you with this last but most important thought - if God called you, He knows where to find you. And He already knew the outcome of the race before you even filed.

You may have lost the race, but God hasn't lost sight of you. In fact, He had his eye and hand on you the whole time. He still does.

He's not through with you, He's perfecting you. 

KSU - Keep. Showing. Up.


Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

She is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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Campaigning With Integrity
Sunday, April 8, 2018 6:22 PM

Campaigning With Integrity

Sunday, April 8, 2018 6:22 PM
Sunday, April 8, 2018 6:22 PM

From the day you file to run for office, you become a target. A target of the most powerful and cunning enemy of every believer. Jesus called him our "Adversary, the devil." He is the enemy you can't see, working trickery and deceit in those you can.

Once you step into the world system of politics, darts will fly from all corners. Often relentless. Always ruthless.

Is your opponent of the devil? Maybe, maybe not.

It is possible that your opponent will be as passionate of a believer as you but no less determined to beat you.

Would God favor you over your opponent or they over you? Particularly if both of you are His? Will He play favorites? Does God really care which wins? Even more, does He care how either wins? 

It's like watching two football teams on the field. Both equally talented. Both equally prepared. Both with Christian players who gather together in a circle before the game to pray for victory. 

Which wins? In your case, which candidate would he favor? You or your opponent?

While no one can know with certainty the mind of God, he does make clear through his word, his modus operandi.

God honors those who honor him. he knows every man and woman's heart. He knows each one of our motives. He knows what our motives are in running. He knows what our motives are in winning. Even more, he knows the plan he has for each of us, win or lose.

It is important to remember that when it comes to God, He works all things after the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11).

Meaning, your win or loss is part of a much greater plan for you; and, more important for the advancement of God's kingdom.

This I know is new and may sound somewhat strange, but as Christians, we have for years run our political races and campaigns the way everyone else does.

But I learned after having run five local races, then going to seminary that how we run and how we win or lose are important to God.

Why? Because it's not the winning or the losing, but the representation of the Kingdom and our spiritual formation in the process that counts.

You will not learn this in any how to run a political campaign manual. Throughout history God has given his people, through his word,  strategies for fighting wars and political battles in ways that seemed strange to the world but delivered time and again incredible victories.

If you run your campaign according to God's word, you will be the odd duck in a political pond teeming with political ducks and hacks.

But you're not that. And you can't see yourself as just another "candidate." You are God's representative (that's what the Adversary sees) and you must see yourself that way, run your race that way, win or lose that way.

In the end, you would have done it God's way and He will honor that. Even if you lose, if your heart and motives were in line with God, it simply means He has a better plan or higher position for you.

RUNNING WITH INTEGRITY
OWNING YOUR MISTAKES

One of the best lessons I learned in running for political office was to run toward not away from accusations.

The thing most people don’t understand, but Christians well should, is the power of confession. Granted, some things should be kept between us and God; and others, we should take to our grave.

But the cover up in many cases is worse than the crime. Further, one of the greatest fears of anyone in public service is of someone in the opposing camp uncovering or discovering something they did privately that if made known publicly, could be a big embarrassment, worse, a career killer.

Let me pause here and say this. A political opponent, no matter how vile is not your enemy. He or she is an opponent. As Christians, we have one enemy, Satan, that instigates and influences opponents. 

One of the things so terribly wrong in campaigning today is the need and belief that opponents must be portrayed and viewed as enemies. More disturbing is the same among Christians.

When non-believers look at the types of campaigns we run as opposed to the type non-believers run, many times they see no difference. Yet, as Christ followers we are to set the bar, not crawl beneath it, wallow in and sling mud with those who aren't.

The Apostle Paul teaches us in Ephesians 6:12 that our struggle is not with flesh and blood (other people) but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Satan and fallen angels who influence people). We have one enemy, one. Not your opponent. Even if they are your harshest critic and view you as theirs.

May I share something with you? When you sign up for public service, it doesn't matter if it is for the position of meter reader or mayor – and especially if you sign up to run for elective office.

Your life becomes an open book with the most poorly lived chapters becoming fodder for your opponent's talking points. You will be blogged about, talked about, lied about and your life turned about.

But the one mistake we all make, and one that I made until I learned better was this. In an effort to not look bad or worse, be thought of by people as being bad, we won’t admit wrong.

The greatest defense we have is truth and not to become offensive about something we know we’ve done wrong.

No one is perfect and no voter these days expect you to be. What would impress voters more and cause them to more likely vote for you than your opponent is to identify with them in your humanness and vulnerability.

We all make mistakes, some worst than others. But running to and not away from them will be one of the greatest and most surprising weapons in your arsenal.

If we don't admit wrong and choose to take the Enemy's bait of denial, we begin using his methodology of lying and covering up instead of God's way of humility in admission.

When we take the Enemy's way instead of God's way, we ourselves become entangled in a web of lies, cover-ups and deceit and the only way out is more of the same; until, not if, but until we are forced and often embarrassingly pressured to come clean.

Though what we did may have been bad, the worst thing we can do is try to cover it up.

What is covered will always be uncovered and what is hidden will be made known - at the worst most possible time, in the worst possible way to cause as much collateral damage possible to you, your family, name, reputation, business, career and all you've worked hard for years to build.

It's how the devil works. Maximum destruction at the optimal time. And his timing is always perfect in bringing you down.

Do you know that your opponents, whether they be political or otherwise will never be able to hold anything over your head if you admit to it? 

As Johnny Cochran said of O.J. Simpson and the glove (though to this day I believe the man was guilty), “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”  

Same with us but with a little different twist – “if we admit it, they will quit it.”  People can’t keep accusing you of things you’ve already admitted to. 

Admission takes away ammunition. And as for the media, once the bleeding stops the leads invariably stop. You will become old news and in their business, old news is no news. A mention every once in a while, but if you can bear it, you will beat it.

If you can bear it, you can beat it.

Does this mean spilling your guts? Not at all. But when confronted by and dogged by opponents and challengers, don’t allow them to hold anything over your head because if you do, it will hold you back.

The level of intimidation by threat of exposure diminishes astronomically when you take away 1) their element of surprise 2) their ability to redefine who you are now by something you've done in the past; and 3) their ability to influence as many people.

The most potent of Satan's tricks to hold us back is influence people (dare I say sometimes even Christian people) to use what they know about us to shut our mouth, shut us down and shut down our campaign.

It’s called “the shame game.” Don’t fall for it. Don't play it.

When I ran for city council, and my friends will corroborate, a guy made it his business each time to blog something negative about me every day. 

None of us is perfect and I hid nothing from my supporters or my constituents. But today he sits in prison serving three ten-year terms for sexual abuse of a child.

I refuse to play the devil's game. I trusted God in each of my campaigns, refusing to wallow in or sling mud back. 

If you can hold on, hold your tongue and stay focused, God will usurp your opponents' arguments and accusations against you; and, he will upset their plans.

Often the very people who accuse you most, more likely than not, are the very ones who themselves are most guilty of something they are hiding.

You owe them nothing. But to the people you represent, you at least owe them the truth.

The problem is many of us say we trust God, but in reality we really don’t.  

How do I know this? Because in the heat of the battle we panic and revert to using the tactic of our opponent. Even if we win this way, we come out of it tainted and painted with the same broad brush.

We become in the eyes of the public what they are increasingly seeing among Christians who run - just another politician who talks Christianity but demonstrates nothing different. There should be something different about you! That difference is what Jesus called "salt and light." 

God and God alone holds our past, present and future. None of us have been or ever will be perfect. It’s just that as public people running for public office our imperfections get magnified under the magnification of public scrutiny.

All the more to be honest with yourself and honest with others.

When someone digs into your past to smear you and to inform others of just how bad of a person you are, don’t dig in your heels. Once you do that, they will have you where they want you and you will become stuck in a paralyzing place that will cause you to lose momentum, confidence and invariably the race.

People and the press count on the cover up and as Christians we should do anything but oblige them. Why? Because our future is in God’s hands, not theirs.

The trouble is, we all too often believe that people hold all the cards. If that were true, no matter our title or position we have given to them the winning hand.

You don’t owe the world a thing, but you do owe those that have placed their vote and confidence in you the truth. Be honest and be confident enough in the God we serve for the outcome. The one thing that prevents us from ‘fessing up is the one thing that God hates most – pride.

Be honest and confident in God...  

And once because of pride we lie to cover up, God removes his hand of protection and we get swallowed up. This in reality is the cause of so many downfalls. Not so much the act, but the act of covering it up.

What To Do

When an opponent confronts you in order to embarrass or harm your reputation by something you’ve done in your past, remember these short but effective responses in owning your mistakes:

  1. “Yes, I did that. I’m not proud about it and had I been more mature in my thinking, my actions would have been totally different. And I am sorry that it happened. I did my best to make it right and my conscience is clear. It hasn’t happened since, nor with the Lord’s help will it happen again.”

  2. “Yeah, given my thinking at the time that sounds like something I would have probably said (or done). But thank God I’ve grown since then.”

  3. “Yes, but you need to hear my side of the story.” Be brief and then be quiet. No long explanations necessary.

From these, let people make up their own mind. They are going to think what they want anyway, but at least you have set the record straight and taken away their ammunition.

Being evasive or going on the offensive in public service are the kisses of death for your career. It is always a matter of integrity.

Integrity is the foundation upon which everything you do in public and private life will stand. And integrity is a matter of being the same person you are in private as you are in public.

Supporters, voters and people in general are more likely to forgive a confessed mistake than a covered up lie. 

In the story of David and Goliath people most of the time focus on the manner in which David slew the giant – with a slingshot and a stone.

However, before David took on Goliath he did two critical things. The first thing he did was leave his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper.

Secondly, he ran toward the battle line (1 Samuel 17:22).

In confronting the Goliath of accusation, we too must leave our baggage (i.e., past mistakes and forgiven sins) in the care of the baggage keeper, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He died to carry our baggage!

Secondly, run toward not away from your accusers trusting God for the outcome.

Like those looking on as David took it to Goliath, your opponents and naysayers not only will be amazed, but silenced as you take the battle to them, not run away from them.

This is not the world's way and campaign consultants will likely tell you just the opposite. But that's the way of the world. What if God's people began doing this God's way? I can tell you what it did for me. It set me free to be human and without pretense. There is no greater freedom. 

Run with integrity. Don't lie. Don't deny. Don't cover up. Don't panic. Trust God for the outcome, because he always honors those who honor him.  


Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

She is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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It's a Matter of Obedience
Saturday, March 31, 2018 12:01 PM

It's a Matter of Obedience

Saturday, March 31, 2018 12:01 PM
Saturday, March 31, 2018 12:01 PM

When God has called you to, through Him, to build something unique, something no one has ever seen or heard of before for His glory that will eventually help many, it takes time. Sometimes a long time.

Biblical scholars estimate it took between 100-120 years for Noah to build the ark. There were many days I'm sure he grew weary and wanted to quit. Day in day out the same grind. No reward. No pay. No big crowds cheering him on. Just a vision, a calling and a made up mind and heart to obey God.

On this Resurrection weekend, what task has God given you to do but because it's not glamorous, no money in it, nothing you can see in it for you, difficult, knowing that criticism, ridicule and rejection are sure to come that you are hesitant to do?

People may or may not be there to help you but God will. Others will abandon you, God won't. Others will whisper behind your back about you, dismiss you.

The same Jesus you're celebrating went through the same. But he was obedient even unto death. Yet He lives. Noah and his family didn't drown. Do what God has put to your hand to do and know that while all those other things will be true, God will reward and bless your obedience. He wouldn't be God if He didn't. Trust Him.

Will it be hard?

Very. Will people criticize you, talk about you, walk away from you? Count on it. They talked about Jesus. They talk about me. They will talk about you.

Give them something to talk about. Obey God! People talked about, criticized and ridiculed Noah too. Then one day, it started to rain...


Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

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