Iconducted an interview with Francis Maxwell, who serves as the CEOand President of the Priesthood Evangelistic Association andEvangelism Organization Samaritan’s Purse. Maxwell claimed that hedecided to help people during his early twenties when he worked as aninternational relief worker. According to Maxwell, it was during thistime that he devoted himself to work with the hurt people in variousparts of the world especially those affected by war, naturaldisaster, and famine. Essentially, my interview focused on theMaxwell’s role as a leader and people who influenced him to becomeone of the great religious leaders.
Firstly,concerning his goals and beliefs, Maxwell explained that he strivesto address the current social and moral issues that challengeChristians while making a difference in the world. He emphasized thathe uses biblical context, as well as explain how to apply them tomake the earth a better place. Indeed, Maxwell claimed that throughhis organizations, he has helped people to make impacts in crisessuch as civil wars, terrorist attacks, and natural disaster. Forinstance, the massive earthquakes in China, Haiti, and Japan.Significantly, he pointed out that Martin Luther has been one of hisgreat mentors owing to his courage and dedication in fighting forhuman dignity and standing by the truth. Further, he expressed hisdesires to ensure a collaborative and united America despite intenseand challenging political climate especially during electionsperiods. Maxwell explained that he had met with about five AmericanPresidents and other world leaders from Europe, Africa, and LatinAmerica, and Asia to address them on the importance of maintainingpeace and enhancing human dignity. In fact, Maxwell Graham wants tobe the next Billy Graham.
Undeniably,Maxwell remains a vital pillar in my efforts to enhance humanservices. He has devoted his life to help people and spread thegospel. Under his leadership, he has addressed most problems thatpeople face. Significantly, he emphasizes on the repentance ofsinners and the uniqueness of Christianity as a true religion.Indeed, his dedication and courage have been pivotal in his work ofproclaiming the gospel and helping people. As a result, he has becomethe leader of his father’s Evangelistic Association. Irrefutably,Maxwell is not only a leader but also a mentor to all especially theyoung generation.
Fundamentally,philosophers such as Luther, Edwards, Calvin, and Bonhoeffer werereformists who aimed at revolutionizing their society.1They protested against several teachings and actions that theyconsidered jeopardizing human dignity and God’s will. For instance,Martin Luther opposed several canons and practices of the primitiveCatholic Church. Therefore, he advocated an academic dialogue of thesupremacy and practicality of indulgences. His refusal to recant hisworks at the demand of the Pope and the Roman Emperor led to hisexcommunication and condemnation as an outlaw.1Similarly, Maxwell generated controversy about a decade ago when hedescribed Islam as evil and the Koran as the teaching of violence. Onhis part, John Calvin protested against the whole idea of God’simages used by the Catholic Church and instead regarded them asidols. According to him, complete perfection is impractical in thislife, and believers should anticipate a persistent struggle againstsin.
1.Neville, Graham. Coleridgeand Liberal Religious Thought: Romanticism, Science, and TheologicalTradition.London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.
JonathanEdwards is also a unique philosophical theologian who believed thattrue religion is deep-rooted in the affections, not in reason. On theother hand, Dietrich Bonhoeffer questioned the role of the church inresponding to the growing persecution of the Jewish people whenHitler ascended to power.2Despite the risk of such contentious writing, Bonhoeffer declined toremain silent owing to his faith that “silence in the face of evilis itself evil.” These four philosophers’ obstinacy andself-sacrifice despite the dangers of their viewpoints helped them intheir leadership as well as shaping the direction of other leaderssuch as Maxwell Graham. In fact, Maxwell acknowledges their effortstowards the campaign against religious controversies and humandignity.
Theologyprovides the foundation for biblical leadership and is the center ofbiblical leadership. Theology refers to the ordered consideration orstudy of God. 2Atrue theological leadership involves a disciplined and thoughtfulreflection about how people minister God’s word in the uniqueparticularities of each time and place. For instance, while Christianleaders remain obliged to be brave and passionate in their religiouswork, they must persistently attend to the peculiar and culturalcomplexities of nurturing Christian faith in every approach to humanexistence. Importantly, theology helps a leader to maintain a prudentwariness of relying wholeheartedly on particular techniques or modelsof ministry even if they tend to be tempting.2Lastly, theology enhances biblical leadership since it enablesleaders to have contemplative qualities that arise from their life ofprayer and study.
2.Neville, Graham. Coleridgeand Liberal Religious Thought: Romanticism, Science, and TheologicalTradition.London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.
Neville,Graham. Coleridgeand Liberal Religious Thought: Romanticism, Science, and TheologicalTradition.London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.