10 Leadership Lessons From The Grace Card

I had the wonderful privilege of seeing the independent film The Grace Card earlier today.  It is an incredible movie about race relations, parenting, marriage, generational impact and forgiveness.  Movies like this that are not in wide release may not stay at the theatres long, so go see it this weekend.

Here are the lessons:

  1. Impact Of Christian Fathers – Lead characters Mac McDonald and Sam Wright, played by Michael Joiner and Michael Higginbottom respectively, are police officers who are doing their absolute best to lead their families albeit with much different results.  While I assume that we all love our children, we cannot be the fathers we need to be apart to a relationship with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ. 
  2. Stability Provided By Wives – As both men struggle with the circumstances that life brings their way, their wives are constant sources of support and stability.  I was reminded how fortunate I am to have the wife I do.
  3. Christianity In The Workplace – The best thing Christians can do to have influence in the workplace is to do their jobs with excellence.  What gave Officer Wright the right to openly share his faith was that he was a great policeman.  Christians, you must earn the right to be heard.
  4. Racism Is Alive And Well – This film explores racism towards several groups – Mexicans, African-Americans, and yes even Caucasians.
  5. We Are All Managing Pain – Officer McDonald is dealing with the loss of a son while Officer Wright had not spoken with his father for 12 years.  Pain and dysfunction are now the default modes are our society.  Unfortunately, instead of dealing with our issues, we elect to manage them.
  6. We Are All Dealing With Disappointment – Officer McDonald was passed over for promotions and having financial difficulties.  Officer Wright pastored a struggling church and had difficult finding his life’s true purpose. 
  7. Difficult People, Tremendous Opportunity – We must change the way we think about difficult people in our lives.  People aren’t brought into our lives to necessarily challenge us.  Its more likely that we are inserted by God into their’s to help improve their quality of life.
  8. Bridge Building – The movie’s final scene has a moving multi-cultural service.  Great leaders can build bridges with anyone.  They can cross racial, socio-economic, generational, religious and geographic boundaries that often separate us. 
  9. Inside We’re All The Same – How does a kidney from a black man work inside the body of a white man?  Very nicely because on the inside, we’re basically all the same.  To know what this means you must go see the movie.
  10. The Power Of Grace And Forgiveness – We don’t need collective bargaining.  We don’t need a new invention.  We don’t need the answers from the government.  We don’t need another great blog post.  We don’t really need justice.  We need grace.

I hope this movie gets traction.  This film would serve as a great template for how we need to address today’s issues.  After seeing the movie, tell us what you think.

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

4 Responses to “10 Leadership Lessons From The Grace Card”

  1. This film and the message that it portrays impacted my life beyond anything I have ever experienced. I have totally rededicated my life to the Lord the very night that I saw the movie, actually before I left the theatre parking lot.

  2. You can never underestimate the power of grace! Excellent! I hadn’t heard of this movie, but now I have! Thanks for the insights!

    • Rick,

      Thanks for taking the time to read the post and comment. It is produced by the same company that did Facing The Giants and Fireproof. If you go to the movie’s website you can find theatres in your area. When you see it, you’ll be glad you made the time.

      Thanks again. Stay in touch.


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