A Divided Nation is a Confused Nation. New Leadership Inherently breeds more Questions than Answers
Like Clockwork, a Cry [demand] Resonates through the land every Four-Years, "We want New Leaders"! However, "Can one man "fix" the Dysfunctionalities now gripping our once great Nation"?
Have we lost compass and confidence in our own ability to solve problems, lift ourselves and each other, without government direction? Do we not remember how we got to this blessed moment? Don't free speech and religion, independent and responsible press, fair trials and accountable institutions matter?
And why do so many national leaders puff, preen and point, defining themselves by hatred for those with whom they disagree, failing to see that victory is never secured in America by infinite, emotional, mutual recrimination?
Historically, even in recent history, this is not who we are, we Americans.
"We, the People" have to make clear—with urgency—what we expect. A return to being proud, cooperative Americans would be a nice start.
Average Americans want "real answers" on things like exponentially painful drug crisis, better border security, stronger treatment, prevention, and law enforcement.
How about leaders modeling adult behavior, and appealing in that way to our "better angels"? There will always be rabble rousers, crazy socialists wildly out of sync with America and promising everything for nothing, as well as those who would use centralized government for other intolerance. That is not us.
America is one nation, and we should—at family, community, state, and national levels—start acting like one. This notion that no one can talk to anyone who disagrees with them is hogwash, and frankly—about as un-American as anything on the airwaves now or ever. Americans are just tired of it.
Big problems are not solved by finger-wagging, loud shouting, or an unwillingness to talk and compromise. They are solved by responsible leaders stepping up, being accountable for the solution as if the whole mission depended on you. That is a principle of moral leadership.
Now, enough of words. How about leaders sitting down and leading—to outcomes for which they were elected. That is the America we love. Let's get to it, shall we?
Unfortunately, we can no longer gather at concerts, church services, grocery stores, classrooms, or, now, even for a bris without looking over our shoulders.
The results are going to destroy our communities. This is not what Americans want.
What they do want: to be able to gather to celebrate life without fearing the sudden onslaught of death. For many reasons, it seems both simple and impossible right now.
"Our nation stands on the periphery of change.
We've been given an unparalleled opportunity to embrace the ways of the Lord, individually and collectively!
"If we do, we have the Lord's promise to delay and in some instances avert the storms of judgment now taking place.
Yet, this repentance must not be half-hearted or sporadic.
It must extend from the White House down to every Congressman, Senator, governmental leader, doctor, lawyer, mother, father, aunt, uncle and child of understanding"
America is broken, but we don't need 'finger pointing'. We need committed leaders who can help us fix this mess.
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About the Author:
Langston, a retired naval officer, faithfully served his country for 27 years before writing the final chapter of his career in 2003.
He is a husband, a father, a grandfather and senior pastor of the Pilgrim Outreach Ministries.
James is ordained and licensed through World Evangelism Fellowship of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
He is a 1976 graduate of El Campo high school in El Campo, Texas.
Langston has authored 16 books.
His books cover a variety of subjects including, "life events and choices", "a praying grandmother"
James and his wife Cecilia have been married for more than 40 years.
They have six children and fifteen grandchildren.
James Langston/Senior Pastor, Pilgrim Outreach Ministries International