August 31, 2012

Jesus Culture: On A Quest of Diplomacy

1 Peter 3:15-16
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Always believe that this is true. Isn't it kinda pointless if we say we're Christians but we're being disrespectful and mocking other people? Don't think God will be pleased with that.

What I admire the most about Jesus is probably the way He can always find the right answer to give to everyone - the temple people, the apostles, the students, the local civilians, even the random stranger near the well. Sometimes He answers a question directly (very direct I may say), sometimes He goes around the bush and replies a question with a question, sometimes He can also ignore you and start telling stories.. (lol).

There's no end to His wisdom and insight. Now that's what we call diplomacy! Knowing what to answer to whom and how and where and when.

This September Jakarta will hold the second governatorial election. I think this post's main verse (give answer to everyone with gentleness and respect) is really applicable in this hot event. Just like Jokowi vs Foke election fight. I always try to have a mindset if we support and believe in one, we should shout out that person's strengths and qualities instead of mocking the competitor. If I think an apple a day is healthier than a banana a day then I'll promote my apple to people. If I think banana is best then I'll promote the banana.

Talking the apple down and telling people how rotten an apple can be isn’t the best way to get people’s sympathy (in my opinion). Great leaders reach out to people’s heart. They understand the real issues and they prove their leadership capabilities through their existing job records, not only sweet but empty promises during election period..

Well honestly I don’t know much about politics. But it seems to me that everybody’s supporting Jokowi, regardless of his wealth or religious background. And I love his square-patterned shirt. It’s becoming a trend now for Indonesian locals specially for those coming from the Solo region. So………. I guess that’s enough reason to pick him?

Go Jokowi!

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