Last night, my family (except for my oldest daughter, who is away at college) and I went into town to hear a lecture by Dr./Rev. John M. Perkins at a local college in Portland. It was quite worthwhile!
It was delightful to see the (about) 80 year old servant of the Lord share his love and vision for community along the lines of the kingdom of God.
I don’t think there was an official title given to the lecture, but I took a few notes, and I think something like “A Curriculum for Justice Leaders” would be about the right title. That is what Dr. Perkins said that he was setting out to discuss, anyway, near the beginning of his lecture.
Dr. Perkins is a veteran in the decades-long civil rights movement. He was very enthusiastic, though, about the present generation—by which he clearly meant college age people. He called this generation “post-racist” and said that these are the ones who are going to make the real changes.
He enumerated four necessary ingredients for leadership (vision, energy management, intelligence, and character content). Then he identified Moses as the Bible character who best fits the “prototype of all justice leaders.” Drawing on Hebrews 11:23-29 and also a little on Torah, he made these points:
1. Moses came from a family.
2. Moses came from a family of faith (Levites).
3. Moses grew up in a family of purpose, a family that wanted him.
4. Moses came from a family of courage.
5. Moses had a sense of his identity.
6. Moses was willing to suffer with the people of God.
7. Moses was faithful.
As we drove away from the event, my family and I discussed what we had heard. We found that each of us saw different things. We all enjoyed it. But we all seemed to have questions or caveats regarding this or that point of the lecture or the Q & A that followed. All in all, we found that our few reservations were far outweighed by our agreement with and appreciation for this great man. We were thankful for the opportunity to hear him.
May the Lord bless his work!