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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.

Sometimes, having two bosses can work (right now, I have four), especially if these bosses are working towards complimentary goals and the competing time demands can be managed. In this kind of setup, it is mostly a matter of sorting out what each boss needs at any given time, and on a good day, many of our actions can be applied to meet multiple needs. (The lesson plan I prepare for one department can be used when I guess lecture at another, for example.)

Can this idea of keeping two bosses happy be applied to our view of government? Jesus seems to think so.

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:

For a short while before he wrote Peanuts, Charles Schultz wrote a comic strip called Li’l Folks. What I love about that title (and apparently, Schultz preferred it, too: he is reported to have hated the name Peanuts) is the hint at the depth Schultz was aiming at. He did not write comics strictly for children. He wrote about the human condition, the condition that all “folks” must deal with, big and little.

I grew up in a big, Italian family. Thanksgiving dinners, even when it was “just the family,” meant 30+ people. As you can imagine, that many people means a lot of prep work: buying and cooking the food – over several days and in multiple kitchens, gathering plates, moving furniture, sweeping the floors, settling the schedule (do we eat before or after “the game”?) and my favorite, getting the ice.