“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

The title on this entry is a quote often attributed to St Augustine, popularized by Richard Baxter in 1679 and frequently quoted by John Wesley. What if this became our leadership mantra? What if it became the mantra for our church? Marriage? Friendships? With all people?

Unity in the essentials. Very few things are essential. Liberty is akin to freedom to try, freedom to seek out new options, freedom to be different. Charity = love. In other words, love all people, all the time, in all situations. Treat people with respect, love, and care always. But continue to strive for the other two.

The problem with most leaders is that they want it to say, Charity in essentials, liberty in very few things and unity in all things.

Which kind of a leader are you?

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2 thoughts on ““In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

  1. So very, very true. When one is comfortable with the idea of freedom of conscience, it absolves us from having to be everyone’s judge. That does not mean we do not set a good example, nor does it mean we cease to offer guidance, advice, or point to a better way. It means we are not their conscience. The hard part is figuring out which parts are truly essential. Like you, I believe there are a lot fewer essentials than most people think. A lot fewer.

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