Happy Friday! It's Freedom Friday around here at Moms Spark the Nation and this week we are on Principles of Liberty #3: The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.
This principle is a good one, but I think it might lead some to believe that it is the leader's responsibility to ensure each individual under that leader is morally stable and virtuous, which I do not agree with. I believe there is a personal responsibility each of us has for our own lives to be virtuous and have strong morals no matter who is in a leadership position above us.
However, I do believe having leaders who are virtuous and morally strong is vastly important to our country and society. Leadership is something I have been interested in for a long time. When I owed my business I read and attended everything I could on leadership. The first real leadership role I had (that I can remember) is being drum captain of the marching drum line in high school. I played snare all four years of high school and I absolutely loved it. Yes, I went to band camp and loved every minute of it. I have some great memories of band trips, practices, Friday night football games, and competitions. I grew up in Texas where football is a bit of a religion and Friday night football games were not to be missed. I love football too by the way. ;-) I digress.
Back to leadership. So there I was a junior in high school and being promoted to a "senior" status position. I don't necessarily think I was the best fit for the job, but I do believe I had qualities the band instructors deemed appropriate for such a position and saw potential in my abilities. In my selfishness I remember feeling very proud of the position I had and it really could have went to my head, but I also remember feeling a heavy sense of the responsibility being placed before me. There were about 40 students in our drum line section and I was close friends with many of them. I didn't want to mess up. I for sure didn't want to disappoint and I wanted to do the best job possible. It was at times a very heavy burden. It made me strive to be the best person I could be at all times. I knew others were watching me so I wanted to provide the best example I could.
Then fast forward 10 years and I was the owner of a small medical prosthetic practice and had at least two employees on and off for 5 of the 6 years I owned the business that I was leading. It was not an easy position to have, but I really enjoyed it. Then 5 years ago I received what I believe is one of the most important leadership roles of my life, I became a mother. I believe leading well at home is extremely important. I will discuss more about motherhood and leading at home in future posts.
Being in a leadership position is no joke. But being a leader is not just about having a title. So much of great leadership is about character. Great leadership qualities are not superficial. They are qualities that have deep roots in the heart and head of the person who is leading. Great leadership facades do not last long and eventually the true character of the leader comes out.
What do think makes someone a great leader? I posed this question on my personal Facebook page a few days ago and got several responses of which all were good. Responses I got so far have been: honesty, loyalty, leading by example, servant leadership, integrity, humility and putting others before themselves. Humility, honesty, and integrity are at the top of my list. I know we will never elect a "perfect" leader. Humans are sinful and will never be perfect on earth. However, this shouldn't keep us from striving to elect the best person for the job.
The word politics has become a four-letter word in our society. I think the general public have become disengaged with so much of what is going on in our country's government. Most people seem to be just too "busy" to pay attention to politics. And it seems that many elections have simply become a popularity contest.
Corruption is run amok in our country's government from Washington D.C. all the way down to the government in a rural town. Corruption that stays in office because citizens have become disengaged. The majority of people may go to the voting poll, but then not really pay attention to how elected official acts once in his or her office. Us citizens of this republic are not being strong in holding our officials accountable for their actions. I am guilty of this. For many years I didn't pay attention at all to politics, but then a little over 8 years ago I began to pay attention. Yes, a lot of political stuff is not pleasant or exciting, but I believe it is gravely important for citizens to pay attention.
Shouldn't we be looking at the best person for the job? Selecting the best person should not be about the color of their skin, their gender, or other social category society might put someone in. Shouldn't we be more concerned about what is on the inside of the person? More concerned about their character? Just as this principle of liberty states, we should be electing people who are virtuous and morally strong.
Sadly we have many pious leaders in America today. There is a culture of elitists that has taken over our government like a cancer. My prayer is that this will change. That the people in leadership positions who are not living virtuous and moral lives will be convicted and turn toward a better path. That Americans will wake up and start paying more attention and start holding elected more accountable. Let's be a more virtuous and morally strong people and be more active in helping to elect virtuous and morally strong officials.
One of the most virtuous leaders I think America has ever had is Ronald Reagan. One of my favorite quotes from him is about freedom.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction… It must be fought for, protected… or we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in America where men were free.”
As a proud American, it saddens me to see the moral decay of our nation. Freedom is not free and if we don't understand our history or what it cost to obtain freedom it can easily be stripped away. What kind of America are we leaving the next generation? What kind of moral foundation does the next generation have to live in this world?
I have created 'Freedom Friday' as a way to help disperse information and insight on liberty and freedom in order to inspire myself and you to keep freedom alive. To inspire myself and you to take a stand for what is right. To encourage each other to live our lives righteously and to stand for truth.
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