Thomas Jefferson once said, “In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Spiritual leaders face challenges every day. There are personality conflicts, trivial matters, life changing decisions, and numerous other areas that weigh heavy on the hearts of those who lead.
There will be times when leaders must be flexible. However, other times require a determined stance 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.”