When elected to the first of what would be four terms on my town council in Texas, a longtime elected leader came up to me, shook my hand, wished me well, and as he turned to walk away looked back and with a sly grin said, “Welcome to the fishbowl.” I had no idea what he meant but it didn’t take very long to find out. Once you step out of the shadows of private life and on to the stage of public scrutiny, your life is put on public display. And someone is always watching and waiting for you to make the wrong move.
Unlike those who served in previous generations our inherent weaknesses, reckless behaviors, and private failings are today laid bare through social media and 24/7 news cycles. Fair? No. Fair game? You bet. My goal is to help you to not only play the game, but to win; and not only to serve well but to finish well.
As I retool my site and posts, I know some will be disappointed while others will welcome the change. Some will unsubscribe as others subscribe. As a former elected leader I understand that no one gets every vote. But as I make the transition from seminary to leading a non-profit organization which ministers to Christians in public service, I find it exciting and compelling to be uniquely positioned by passion and experience to use this platform to help all who have signed up to serve. As public servants we all at some level need help finding our way through the maze of culture while learning to adjust and serve in a political climate on steroids and one changing at warp speed.
I welcome debate. However, offensive, profane, misleading, threatening, libelous, or defamatory comments – all of which violate my sense of decorum and civility will not be posted. Mutual respect and civility are in short supply in the public square and both are highly valued here.
It is about conversation, not demonization. It is way too much of that stuff out there already and this will be a safe place for those who serve as we engage in thoughtful debate in a forum where we can exchange ideas and best practices. For more on my Comments Policy, please click here.
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