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Lone Ranger Leadership

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I just bought a new Bible. My other one, well, the cover was falling off and even though I dearly love that Bible it seemed like the right time to get a new one.  There are two words in my new Bible that bless my heart.  Now, you might be thinking “Holy Bible”, or “Jesus said…”  Nope.  The two words that bless my heart are “Giant Print.”  Yeah, I know, I just dated myself.

Which brings me to my next point.  When I was a kid we had a black and white television.  In fact, most young people don’t know, but colors didn’t even exist until the late sixties when the Beatles released their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album.  That right, all life was lived in black and white.  It’s true.

Our family had a black and white television and on Saturday mornings my brother and I would sit in our pajamas on the living room floor eating Cheerios and watching cartoons and westerns.  My favorite western was THE LONE RANGER.  The reason I liked that show so much was because, yeah okay, the Lone Ranger was awesome, and his faithful sidekick was _______.  (If you don’t know the answer to this, then you can skip this article, pick up your little iPhone and check your “likes” on Instagram.  But, if you know the answer . . . read on!)

Long before Batman and Robin, these two were the original dynamite duo!  Plus, the Lone Ranger had some serious swag – he wore a mask, wore a crisp, white outfit, including a white hat, a silver pistol that only shot silver bullets.  In every episode, the Lone Ranger would solve the mystery, and at the end of the show, while atop his horse he would shout, “Hi Ho, Silver . . . away!” and ride off into the sunset.  I always thought the Lone Ranger was awesome.

Truth be told, I think there have been times in ministry when I’ve tried to be that guy.  (Well, everything but the mask part.)  I imagined myself riding into countless situations thinking “I’m going to be the hero”, “I don’t need a team, all I need is admirers”, “Leave me alone, I only work solo.”  What I discovered was that “Lone Ranger Ministry” never works.  Its fatal flaw is that God didn’t design us, or the church to work that way (See 1 Cor. 12).  And, here’s the bigger truth. You ready?  You can’t operate with a Lone Ranger leadership style and really be a spiritual leader.  Why?  It’s not Biblical.

So, stay tuned next week for Part 2, “Lone Ranger Leadership.”  It will be in black and white. 

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