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Cultivating Godly Ambition

Most Christians are taught to believe that ambition is sinful and therefore to be avoided. “Blessed are the meek,” the Beatitude instructs, “for they shall inherit the earth.” In the meantime, however, it seems that the ambitious, not the meek, are laying claim to the earth quite successfully, and not only in worldly pursuits. Ministries, churches, and evangelistic crusades are often birthed and built up by people with tremendous energy and ambition. Is that wrong?

Sincere Christians who yearn after some great goal may reasonably conclude that what they have been taught in church about ambition is incompatible with a life of achievement and success. At least some of them decide, whether consciously or not, that the Christian life cannot contain their aspirations, and they quietly break away, plunging headlong into the world of their dreams and desires. They may still go to church and be known as Christians, but in fact they are barely distinguishable from their secular counterparts in the way they advance their goals, the way they treat their underlings, the premium import cars they drive, and their moth-like attraction to celebrity and media. . .

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Steven J. Law

Steven J. Law, is the president and CEO of One Nation and American Crossroads, and President of Crossroads GPS – Spring ’18 with the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown university. Prior to this, he served as chief the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor. He has held numerous positions in Washington D.C. including Chief of Staff to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He has a degree in music from the University of California, Davis, and received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

 

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