By: Stephen Lewis
July 14, 2014
“Here’s to the crazy ones…The ones who see things differently…People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
Seventeen years ago these provocative words captured the attention of the public and persuaded many to think different about Apple. While its Think Different campaign played a significant role in its resurrection, these words get at the heart of who Apple is and what it supposedly stands for—“people with passion can change the world for the better.”
But the world doesn’t change because passionate people simply think different. It changes because they actually lead differently.
The Christian story is chock-full of faithful people who lead differently. As a result, they have impacted communities around the world and the common good. Fueled by Christ’s Passion, Christians throughout history have picked up their cross, sacrificed and even suffered on behalf of the greater good and peace in the world.
In every generation, Christians are called to follow in the way of Jesus in hopes that they too might lead differently and inspire future generations to come. It’s an uncommon call in a world consumed with power, status, and self. It’s a call that is contrary to conventional wisdom. This is a call to be the foolish ones who are idealistic enough to believe that they can make a difference in the world through Christian ministry.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom” and that “God chose what was foolish in the world.” (1 Cor. 1:25&27) FTE celebrates these kinds of leaders and dedicates this page to God’s foolish ones. They are the ones who are courageous enough to lead differently. This kind of leadership is the only thing that has shaped the future of the church and academy, and ultimately changed the world.