“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.” T. Jefferson
No post is going to address the depth of difficulty spiritual leaders face daily. There will be personality conflicts, trivial matters, life changing decisions, and numerous other areas that weigh heavy on the hearts of those who lead.
For leadership, there will be times when flexibility needs to be demonstrated. However, there are other times when one must make a bold stand for what is right. Sadly, we often see the opposite, leaders who are flexible on principle and immovable on their opinions.
Jefferson provides a good “rule-of-thumb” to live by. In spiritual language perhaps we could say it this way. “In matters of opinion, go along. In matters of doctrine, stand strong.”