Loyalty isn’t a word we use much these days except in commercial terms. We look for “customer loyalty” or “brand loyalty.” The concept should be much deeper in our thoughts. Philosopher Josiah Royce considered loyalty the primary virtue and defined it as “the willing and practical and thoroughgoing devotion of a person to a cause.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyalty
Loyalty is freely given by a person after personal reflection and results in action being taken. I’m not sure what that means for our concept of dogs being loyal. I’m not sure how much they think about it before they choose! Loyalty is akin to the biblical concept of faithfulness. We look for faithfulness in those to whom we give responsibility. We could ask the question, “To what or to whom should I be loyal or faithful?” The main answer is obvious, but can I be loyal to more than one person or thing at a time? Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Is it only money he is talking about? Can I have divided loyalties without being conflicted? Perhaps there are some things to which loyalty is assigned in ascending order but other things to which loyalty must be mutually exclusive. I hope this provokes you to think about it. Why not share some thoughts with us?
I think Jonathan provides some answers to these questions that I will share on Sunday as we consider more leadership lessons for non-leaders. The message, “Leading from behind” is all about loyalty and how we express it. I am praying for you as we all till the soil of our hearts for God’s Word to be planted in them. Others are praying also! You can join them by signing up for the Weekend Warriors prayer bulletin here, and checking out our set list of songs here.
See you Sunday!