These were some of my first sustained cross-cultural experiences. I learned so much about the many different types of people in Mexico and my own cultural influences. My Spanish improved of course, and I saw first- hand how God could use all of our strengths and limitations to help others, if we would trust Him and commit to work together. The many lessons, memories, and special people are embedded in my soul. This time was foundational for my future work and responsibilities in member care. These early developmental years in cross-cultural ministry were just so, so special!
We may all want to take the lower ethical road and avoid transparency and accountability. We usually do so out of fear of negative consequences, self-interest, and other reasons which can be rationalized and presented as being reasonable or virtuous. It is such a sad day when this happens in the faith-based sector. It just creates more wounds for the already wounded Body of Christ.
So I wonder: who among us will act with honesty even if there are negative consequences? Who has the courage to take the higher ethical road of not covering up? "He who conceals a transgresson will not prosper but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." (Proverbs 28:13)
We need courage to take responsibility, to confront, to call for honesty (transparency and accountability) . We must not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the common responses of discrediting, distracting, minimizing, skapegoating, silencing, or harassing.
We say we are willing to lose our life for Christ. This is a noble aspiration. Time will tell. But in the meantime are we willing to risk losing our reputations and our careers for His sake?
"But at any time an organization makes a seriously wrong decision, its leaders should call for an intensive postmortem. Such learning opportunities are too often overlooked. The tendency is simply to call on the public relations department to spin the mater, to make another inadequately thought-out decision, and perhaps to scapegoat, even fire, a few staff members. Because most companies cover up their mistakes instead of learning from them, systemic flaws in information flow tend to remain to do their damage another day." (pp. 22-23)
"Because denial, self-deception, and hypocrisy are such common features of organizational life, it is often useful for companies to bring in outside "anthropologists," independent observers skilled in identifying potentially toxic behaviors and the hidden values that drive them." (88-89)