“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” KJV.
The mighty mountain of the moral majority
In 2004, aged 95, just four weeks before his death, Alistair Cooke, after 58 years of writing “Letter from
Cooke, in his final letter, makes reference to the Lewinskian fall President, Bill Clinton, remarking that, “In all the 12-year concern about Saddam's intentions this fear never failed to haunt the White House - the fear of an overnight Saddam attack and either the outbreak of a whole Middle Eastern war or the death of the state of
Regarding the whole and necessary issue of “moral authority,” I came across this definition on the internet, here it is: “Moral authority is having the personal credibility with your target group that makes your words persuasive to them. Moral authority is achieved when your target group perceives that you have these two qualities: integrity and compassion.” I like that. You see, the real magnificence of a mighty ‘“moral majority” does not bear the marks of a pompous religious pressure group but rather, it bears the marks of Christ! The marks of the great Shepherd of the sheep. The bloodied brow, the slapped face of the rejected words of truth. The broken and pierced hands and feet. All these scars have been received by the disciples of Christ, chiefly, by being true to the Master and His message. In all these trials, these damaged disciples have been found to be constant in care and the very embodiment of kindness in terms of expressed compassion towards the folks they are leading. Yes, Integrity and compassion, those two things my friends, is where the power of any “moral majority” is going to come from.
Yes, a leader must possess an moral majority. He must exude an impartiality in terms of fairness in love, provision of goods, protection of lambs and practicality in leading and yes, these must be exhibited towards all those folks he is leading. Such worked out, worked at integrity and compassion will provide leaders with the necessary credibility to set both the pace and the direction of change. For such a broad ranging fairness will be indicative of compassion, and such plodding persistence in the same unalterable direction, despite persecution and suffering, will be indicative of a true integrity. I tell you, if you can make the steep ascent to the mountain-top of the moral majority, then the earth will be yours and everything in it.
Alistair Cook had many friends, two of which were Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Whilst on a train journey, it was Alistair who burst into their carriage asking the question “Was it Christ who said, ‘Be Ye Perfect?’” For a brilliant and an educated man, the son of a Methodist Minister, Cooke should have known the answer to that question. I suspect he did and that is was a relevant question for the contemplation and consideration of both Bogart and Bacall.
Like many of you leaders tonight, you too know that answer to that question but for whatever reason, you have failed to climb the steep ascent of the mountain of the moral majority. Unless you begin ascend that mountain, you shall not lead your people into the promised land. Yes, if that plane of impartial compassion and persistent integrity leaves the ground and you're not on it, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. Never Bogart impartiality, compassion or integrity. Oh, and if you have arrived at the top of the mountain, don’t Lewinsky your valuable prize.
Listen: “Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.” - Psalms 25:20-21 NKJV
Pray: Lord, deliver me from self-righteousness and blind religious pomposity but oh my God! Lead up the rough ridges of consistent integrity and the steep cliffs of impartial compassion, that I might ascend mountain of the moral majority, yes, that I might lead your people well, in Jesus name I ask it, amen.
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