To me Margaret Thatcher is one of those individuals that truly embodies Ecclesiastes 3:
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven
For those of us that were around in that “season”, we were fortunate to have two great leaders in both Thatcher and Ronald Reagan whose seasons were defined by not only the times in which they lived but also by the strength of their profound faith in God. They projected their faith in God in all that they did, but they also projected their faith in us, as peoples of our counties, of the world, and of the Kingdom of God. In retrospect, whether you cared for their politics, as Christians we should embrace their commitment to the providence of God as the guiding hand for their leadership.
With the recent passing Margaret Thatcher, I came across an interview that she gave after she left office that captures how she embodied her faith in to her very public works. Thatcher identified three “distinctive marks” of Christianity.
- Man has been “endowed by God with the fundamental right to choose between good and evil.”
- That as creatures in God’s image “we are expected to use all our own power of thought and judgement in exercising that choice,” with divine guidance if we “open our hearts to God.”
- That “Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, when faced with His terrible choice and lonely vigil, chose to lay down His life that our sins may be forgiven.”
We are responsible for our own actions and inaction, our choices and indifference, they all manifest themselves as our moral fiber and integrity. Each of us is simultaneously blessed and burdened with free will and self-determination, to travel as the true north of our moral and spiritual compass dictates.
If we are to be Christians, truly following the example of Christ, we must know that our choices, our decisions, our judgement, impacts our relationship with God.
We are expected to trust and love God above all and to love other as ourselves. If our choices, our decisions, our judgement, is egocentric and self serving then we fall short of God’s expectations of us.
If we are to lead ourselves, our families and those around us, as servant leaders we must listen to our calling from God and obey the examples put forth by Jesus as he lived out his “season” on earth. Make choices grounded in the laws laid down by God and the principles exemplified by Jesus. “Choose ye this day whom you will serve”.
What choices you will make today?
Be a blessing to someone today!