The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Where have all the leaders gone?

Watching the events of the past few days reminds us that we are only one generation away from the demise of our culture. Worse than the rioting and looting is the fact that they are going unchecked.


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The Barbarians Next Door

Barbarians were nomads who destroyed the remnants of a civilization they could not understand. And there are similarities between today’s political correctness and the barbarians who sacked Rome A.D. 476.


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“We the People. . .”

It all sounds so good. I remember being proud to learn the preamble to the Constitution, and the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address. I was grateful to be growing up in a nation that could produce these documents.


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E Pluribus Unum

Hidden in plain sight on our currency is one of our nation’s mottoes. It is from Latin, which most educated people could read in the late 1700’s when it was adopted. It means, simply, “Out of many, one.”


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Keeping the Republic

After the final meetings of the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787, Ben Franklin was asked (by Elizabeth Willing Powell, a politically active lady of Philadelphia), “What kind of government have we got, a monarchy or a republic?”


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Beyond Chaos and Kings

We’ve seen that a leadership vacuum leads to chaos (Judges), while unaccountable leadership means abuse of authority (Kings). So what is righteous leadership? Would we know good leaders if we found them?


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The Problem with Kings

There is great cultural frustration in Israel’s demand for a king. We critique them for asking Samuel to crown one (1 Samuel 8), but we may forget that Israel had experienced four centuries of civil war, political intrigue, and invasions, as chronicled in the book of Judges.


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The Problem with Judges

Actually, there are several problems with Judges. First, many don’t even know where it is in the Bible, and when they find it, aren’t sure why it’s there. When they do get around to reading it, they are shocked and terribly troubled that humans can behave so badly.


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The Power of a Promise

Walking with Jesus, we face seeming impossible trials, temptations, opposition, and our own spiritual lethargy. How do we overcome?


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“Is that a fact!”

Once when my dad expressed some skepticism at something I had said, I defended myself with, “Dad, I read it in the paper.” To which he glibly replied, “Paper lies still. You can put anything on it.”


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