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At the end of his life, one of the many things Jesus did for his followers was to speak clearly about the role of leadership. All through the last few chapters of Matthew, he explains - and ultimately demonstrates on the cross - what true leaders are meant to do: their job/our job (we all lead something!), is to work hard to make the burdens that other must carry easier. We are not meant to just carry them for them - everyone must carry something - but we are suppose to help.

I'm reading a book a friend recommended, The Myth of a Christian Nation. There are parts I like and parts I don't like, but one very postitive thing it is doing is forcing me to examine my view of government.

A key passage for many people when they think about government is Romans 13:1-6:

When, exactly, does Jesus work with us? What does the partnership look like. I think that at least sometimes, the part that Jesus plays is somewhere in the middle.

Perhaps it is because I am a bit of a "scribe" myself, but Jesus' message to one would-be follower (Matthew 8:19-20) has haunted me for several days now. You would expect Jesus to answer anyone who says to him, "Teacher, I will follower you wherever you go!" a little more enthusiastically.

I recently finished a quick read of the Gospel of Mark and was struck by Jesus' careful awareness of bystanders. In Mark 10:17-22, for example, Jesus is approached by an individual and has a short, intense conversation with him about wealth. The next thing Jesus does is "look around" to see who was watching. Later in the chapter (10:39-42), he says something that upsets the people who overheard his conversation, so he calls them over to straighten it out.