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Chaos is the order of the day. The unfolding events in Egypt over the past several days are compelling. With young and old standing up to say enough to the current regime calling for the president and his cronies to go while the government supporters have a seemingly endless supply of Molotov cocktails to hurl at the revolutionaries. Lives are at risk in the here and now. Future imprisonment for crimes against the people are a tangible risk for whichever side loses this battle.
This morning as our family read part of the story in Genesis, I was reminded of Joseph’s appointment to second in command in the land of Egypt. Here was a humble leader filled with integrity and a deft administrator who led people through enormous prosperity and then hardship. Through his leadership, the people of Egypt and the surrounding area were ultimately able to survive what should have been a devastating drought.
Contrasted with the story of Joseph, a recent rise in food prices along with decades of frustration have proved sufficient for an uprising. Today, the visual image of the outcome of me-oriented leadership is visible through global media. The revolutionaries are calling for and modeling a stark contrast (see above pic).