“Good Christian women leaders/people ought to stay in their place. Disruption always does more harm than good, and legacy is reserved for the rich.” 

 

Lies, lies and more lies. If, like me, you’d bought into that narrative, you’ve been misled. The truth is that disruption of the status quo is an inevitable part of life for anyone who intends to walk in their purpose. Click To Tweet

 

 

For the past few years, I’ve been captivated by the stories of two men: Nabeel Qureshi and Colin Kaepernick. If you’ve never heard their names, here’s the short version: Nabeel Qureshi was a former Muslim apologist who became a well-known Christian teacher. I’ve known about him for some time, but in 2016, at age 33, he announced he was in the advanced stages of stomach cancer.

 

Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL player who started a silent protest in response to what appeared to be an increase in police brutality and the murders of unarmed people of color. Amadou Diallo. Sean Bell. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Freddie Gray. Alton Sterling. The list of people of color killed in police custody kept getting longer and longer, so Kaepernick started to sit, then kneel in silent protest during the national anthem at games. Since both of their stories first caught my attention, both have lost a lot. Nabeel utilimately passed away September 16, 2017, and Colin has been without a job for two years, seemingly blackballed by his employer.

 

First, let me say that in a time when men are frequently emasculated, it was encouraging to see these two forge ahead despite hardships and persecution. That’s a story for another day.

 

In the last year, here’s what has intrigued me about both men: they both had a lot at stake when they decided to live life by conviction. They decided that the purity and peace of conviction was more important than comfort, reference points or any other temporary thing life has to offer them. These days, I have a deep appreciation for this.

 

I can admit that our generation is known for being complacent, and the truth is that it’s not completely unfounded. In a time when paper chasing and insta-fame are all the rage, it was refreshing to see men take a bold stand for what they believe in. Even if it meant hate letters, threats on their life, severed relationships, being ostracized, or even financial loss in Colin’s case. Did they know that it would cost all of this? I believe so. No one takes a stance consistently without counting the cost. Click To Tweet I respect them even more for that. The compensation for untainted and uncompromised conviction has never been cheap, but it will always be worth it.

 

So, what now? In the case of Colin Kaepernick, I pray the community he’s sacrificed everything for honors our own request for a new type of leader by standing by his message. Now’s not the time to be silent after getting on our various soapboxes to condemn inaction.

 

In the case of Nabeel Qureshi, I pray his legacy as a truly unashamed believer stirs us to take a stand against whatever persecution we encounter. The gift of life is bigger than the 80 years some of us will have on this earth. There’s a legacy that awaits after that time. What will yours be?

 

 

 

andrena sawyer

andrena sawyer

Andrena Sawyer is the Founder of the Minority Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network (MCWEN), and the President of P.E.R.K. Consulting—a consulting firm for nonprofits and small businesses.

Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, she and her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old due to a decade-long civil war. She now credits her family's move during the war for her interest in human triumph and perseverance.

In addition to her work with entrepreneurs, she is the author of The Other Side of Assertiveness, Ponder It In Her Heart, and The Long Way Home.

Of all of her interests, she is most passionate about seeing people restored by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
andrena sawyer
andrena sawyer"> andrena sawyer
Andrena Sawyer is the Founder of the Minority Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network (MCWEN), and the President of P.E.R.K. Consulting—a consulting firm for nonprofits and small businesses. Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, she and her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old due to a decade-long civil war. She now credits her family's move during the war for her interest in human triumph and perseverance. In addition to her work with entrepreneurs, she is the author of The Other Side of Assertiveness, Ponder It In Her Heart, and The Long Way Home. Of all of her interests, she is most passionate about seeing people restored by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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