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The Importance of Competence


The Importance of Competence

One of the clear themes of the Rebelution from the beginning has been what we call the Three Pillars of Character, Competence, and Collaboration. All three are necessary for the Rebelution movement — and any rebelutionary endeavor — to be successful in impacting the world for the glory of God.

Looking back, however, Brett and I have realized that while we’ve talked a lot about the pillars of Character and Collaboration, we haven’t focused as much on the pillar of Competence. That will be the purpose of this series.

We have stressed (and always will) the importance of character — and as each of us practice and grow in Christ-like character we will desire to reach out and show the love and beauty and excellence of Christ to a lost and hurting world.

Our hope is that our generation will not only build that kind of character by faithfully doing hard things, but will also have the vision and the competence to match it.

In the dictionary, the word ‘competence’ is defined as simply “the ability to do something successfully.” However, we use it to refer to more than just ability, but to results, because the life of the rebelutionary is a call to do and to act.

As rebelutionaries, neither character alone nor competence alone is our goal, but both together. To have character is to love God, His Word, and your fellow man. To have competence is to demonstrate that love for God and fellow man by your actions, and to take the truth of God’s Word and bring it to bear on His world.

To have character is to be grieved and angered by evil, corruption, and suffering in the world. To have competence is to do something about it in such a way that the world takes notice and gives glory to God.

Unfortunately, in a society increasingly devoid of character, the Christian church is increasingly found to be devoid of competence. As the need for Christian action rises, so must the level of competence. As rebelutionaries, that is our charge.

To be continued…

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Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.

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