Measured by popular standard, however, Jesus was a failure. He was not interested in politics or the international balance of powers or putting money in people’s pockets. He had an upside down-inside out view of what really mattered: the child more than the powerful, the merciful one more than the self-righteous one, the poor man over the rich man, God’s kingdom more than the kingdom of this world. He would not take up arms except to oppose the defilement of the Temple. He would not even defend himself in the face of accusation.
O God, watch over our shield;
look upon the face of your anointed.
Better one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere.
Better the threshold of the house of my God
than a home in the tents of the wicked.
For a sun and shield is the LORD God,
bestowing all grace and glory.
The LORD withholds no good thing
from those who walk without reproach.
– Psalms 84: 10-12
Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
To be a leader, you must stand for something, or you will fall for anything.
– Anthony Pagano
“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
― Charles Dickens