A Mystic Leader’s Crash Course
Part 3: Light
The role of the leader is
- to describe the world we live in
- to strive to live in the world he describes with moral authenticity
- to call others to join him in a quest to save the universe
Describing the world in which we live is increasingly complex given the way 21st century media gives us immediate awareness of the diverse histories, experiences and movements that make up our world.
I would like to suggest four images to 21st century leaders as a help in describing the world in which we live.
Light. Here’s the most basic, primal reality: God is creating the universe again via the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Light illuminated and warmed a world in darkness not from within the Temple nor within the church, not from within the scriptures nor within the Sunday morning sermon, but on the “outside” where the rest of us live. The cave from which he rose and the places where he appeared were outside. It was outside that light proved itself stronger than the deepest darkness.
darkness and light; Derek Langley, 2005
The God who spoke and raised Jesus from the dead is He who spoke and said, “Let there be light.” There is nothing else standing behind this primal reality, nothing else which must be referenced in order to undergird this basic truth. In fact, beginning a statement of core convictions with statements about the Bible or the Church puts the cart before the horse. As indispensible a treasure as are the Scriptures and the Church, they are secondary to the God who made the universe and is now making the universe again.
With the same authority with which He spoke all things into being, He now makes all things new by raising Jesus from the dead. This is good news for the world “outside” that lives without reference to the vital clue of scripture.
Because the resurrection happened “outside,” the resurrection stands as an event that can be interpreted and debated, believed in or rejected, considered or ignored by everyone in the world. The conversation about the light of Christ must never isolated within the community of faith but must be conducted “outside” where it happened. This is good for those “outside” but it is definitely good for those “inside.” It keeps us honest.
Those outside who know the depth of darkness, who come to see the light, love the light all the more. Suddenly everything is different. Nature is creation. The Bible is scripture. Human beings are creatures. The second things become second again and in finding their rightful place represent God in the world.
What do you think?
Into the Mystic…
flags in Montreal: September 2005, Alex McManus