Perhaps you’ve heard about the Democratic candidate running for governor in the state of Texas and the brewing controversy surrounding her biography. Apparently some of the details in that bio aren’t quite right and now its coming back to haunt her and, perhaps, inhibit her efforts to become governor of that state. This same lady rose to notoriety recently by her filibuster of impending anti-abortion laws being considered in the Texas state house.
Reading the details of the still-developing story, I get the sense that this lady and I would definitely not agree philosophically and I’m certain that we wouldn’t when it came to spiritual matters. When it comes to her questionable biography, it’s not the contested “facts” that bother me the most but her reason behind orchestrating these faulty details in the first place. Apparently, she has such immense ambition driving her to succeed at any cost that she was willing to lay aside every impediment – including family and integrity.
According to one of her supporters, she has always been extremely ambitious and nothing was going to dissuade her from making her aspirations a reality. “Wendy is tremendously ambitious. She’s not going to let family or raising children or anything else get in her way. She’s going to find a way, and she’s going to figure out a way to spin herself in a way that grabs at the heart strings.” Hmmm – impressive? Yes, but not in the way they were probably intending it to be.
Here is why I wished to make note of this; not because this is anything new with politicians but because it is a reflection of our society and our society is a reflection of the Body in this country. In other words, believers are not exempt from the trap of AMBITION. Granted, it affects people in different ways but it still pops up from time to time for all to see. Sometimes it manifests in the person who wants to be the head honcho in this genre or topic of biblical theme; some even want to be the perceived leader of the Messianic/Hebraic Roots movement or the first to make a splash with this new finding. In the process, unfortunately, sometimes competition kicks in which requires subtle efforts to discredit the “competition”; it might even require sabotage of another’s efforts in order to be “first.”
Ambition is a good quality to have because, without it, nothing would get done but like anything else it has to operate within the boundaries the Creator has established. I believe He infuses us with this quality but in order to advance His purposes and His Kingdom – never to be used against those that are supposed to be our brothers and never to justify sacrificing our integrity. Furthermore and finally, sacrificing one’s family for the sake of the “ministry” doesn’t justify one’s ambition – it condemns it.
Anyway, those are just some random thoughts on the subject – for whatever its worth. Shalom.
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