By James J. Teuton
Isaiah 62:2 ~ I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence…
As I began this last article on dysfunctional leadership, my writing style encourages the reader to self-introspection. Here, I am covering a combination of the causes and effects of non-ethical, dysfunctional leadership and the toll on family, jobs, and education. Furthermore, I will discuss how some of the ramifications of dysfunctional leadership even leads into extreme violence. There will be a focus on certain leaders, so please stay with me. Be open enough to ask yourself whether or not what I am writing in this article is the truth. You will have the choice, after I expose this, to decide on whether or not you continue trusting some of the so-called leaders. I am not race baiting, but rather pointing out truths that need to be brought to light. It’s very important to be truthful about how the world’s leadership speaks to the people and then the actions they take with respect to their policies. In my opinion, politics is not the platform to spread racism, but rather to speak words and have actions that promote all Americans coming together for the good.
My question to anyone in a leadership role…do others have FAITH and trust in you as a leader? If individuals were to look at your life, would they see an ethical leader or one who talks the game, but doesn’t walk as a leader with morals and motive to meet the needs of others before their own?
In the last article I spoke about jobs, education, toll on family and violence, but the Holy Spirit said… I want you to change the order. The order that the four areas should be in are: toll on family, education, jobs, violence. I understand completely as family is the foundation for us as human beings. All things can almost always be traced back to the family. Has it been functional or dysfunctional? In the end, dysfunctional leadership causes so much long lasting damage and little positive comes from it.
In speaking with some black friends, several point to several leaders that appear on T.V. quite often. These are President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Black Lives Matters group. I’m sorry to say that they seem to be the very ones that have caused so much damage within the black communities. Through lies and deceit they have kept the black American down with little hope of a prosperous future. In fact, through government policies pushed by these “leaders,” those especially in the urban areas are staring at a brick wall.
Everyday many Americans get up with no job and not enough food to last for the month. This is especially true in the minority communities. Since Obama has been president this has risen to an uncontrollable level. President Obama, in my opinion, is the first one responsible for wrong policies, which affect the black community. I believe leaders such as Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Black Lives Matter groups have not really helped bring different ethnic groups together, but instead have encouraged division tearing at the fabric of unity and cooperation.
Let’s look at the facts. I was sharing these very words with a black gentleman about how I felt the Holy Spirit had revealed to me the core problem and a solution to this dilemma.
My question was…What have they (the ones I mentioned previously) done to help the black community? Has Black Lives Matter really helped their community, or have they really encouraged cooperation with the police departments in various cities? It seems to me that this group is politically driven, and overrides what is best for their entire communities. A good example is how they did or did not help the black community in the recent case of extreme flooding in Louisiana in August of 2016. Reports have shown that 75 percent of homes in the parish were a total loss. An individual on the first link listed below asked, “Where is Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers?” Both groups could have come to assist in rescues and finances, but they didn’t step up.
Two links on Black Lives Matter and Black Panthers on the recent Louisiana floods:
VIRAL VIDEO : Black Man Wants to Know Why Black Lives Matter Isn’t in Louisiana Helping Flood Victims
You see, talk is cheap. Both videos speak for themselves. This flooding was called the: Worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy. The Red Cross says 13 people died, at least 7,000 people in shelters and thousands more without power. They received 6,900,000,000,000 gallons of rain in one week. Where were Obama, Hillary, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter? Only they can answer that question. I’m not interested in being politically correct. I just want to share the truth. It’s very painful when you believe in the ones you look up to as leaders, only to find out that they were not who you thought they were all along.
I mentioned previously having faith in our leaders. Do the facts presented above do anything to encourage faith or trust in said leaders with respect to the Louisiana flooding? You see, we get our English primarily from the Greek and Latin languages. What is interesting is that there are three key words that come out of faith: truth, trust, and fidelity. I would ask those in the black community if their leaders speak the truth, and can they trust them implicitly?
After the flooding in Louisiana and the toll it took on the families, how can anyone deny that many residents in Louisiana are very angry and hurt? They feel they have been abandoned and that no one really cared for them. The fidelity (binding covenant agreement) so many have with these leaders is surely not representing faith or truth. In fact, the broken promises have stimulated further anguish and pain.
So to the five dysfunctional leaders, Put your big boy pants on and begin serving your communities instead of consistently taking from them for your own political agenda. If you can’t or won’t do this, I believe you should step out and find another job.
James Teuton is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas, Texas and has two published works: “Am I A Priest…Servant/Leader?” and “Unmasking the Deception of Dysfunction.” Please visit website at www.unmaskingthedeceptionofdysfunction.com