Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender: “Washing Dirty Linen in Public,” Team Work, and Unity.
The resignation of Dr. Anthony Leachon and Paul’s concept of “washing your dirty linen in public” and unity in his letters to the believers in Corinth and Philippi.
The resignation of Leachon
National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. confirmed that Dr. Anthony Leachon is not part of the government’s COVID-19 response and only served as a special adviser of the NTF against COVID-19.
A few days before the official announcement of the new classifications of the community quarantine, Dr. Leachon tweeted in his account that it seems that the Department of Health (DOH) is not focused on responding to the pandemic. Two cabinet members disliked the post. In his tweet Leachon said, “the lead agency (DOH) has lost focus in everything–risk communication, priorities, data management, and execution of all plans.” In a separate tweet earlier, Leachon commended the IATF and the NTF for “working hard” but he is “frustrated with the lack of sense of urgency of the DOH leadership in data management.”
Lechon announced his resignation in his twitter account on Wednesday: “It’s with deepest regret that I announce that I am not anymore the special adviser of the National Task Force on Covid-19 effective today.” According to Sec. Galvez, “Dr. Leachon’s preemptive releases of some information prior to official announcement and adaption jeopardized the communication efforts of the IATF and NTF and caused unwarranted misunderstanding between two entities that should be working together.”
“He had been cautioned but remained deaf to collegial advicece. Constructive criticism among colleagues is most welcome to assure improvement but this should have been done internally to maintain unity of effort,” Galvez said. He said the task force (which task force?) wass doing its best to solve the problems it has faced in the effort to contain the virus.
“Our institutions are not perfect, but I can assure you that the majority of those who serve are doing so with a lot of dedication even at the risk of their own lives. The problems we faced in the last few months and continue to confront are all new where we learn as we go,” he said.(manilatimes.net)
Sec. Galvez added that there must be no conflict between the two task forces especially in times of crisis.
Amid the conflict, Sec. Galvez has expressed his gratitude towards the service of Dr. Leachon.
“I maintain my respects for Dr. Anthony Leachon and thank him for his services rendered to the National Task Force on COVID-19 albeit very short.”
For his part, Leachon said he and Sec. Galvez had a proper conversation regarding his resignation. He stated that he has great admiration for the Chief Implementer due to his dedication in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified in a press briefing that he did not ask Dr. Anthony Leachon to resign from his post as special adviser of the National Task Force against COVID-19.
Secretary Roque pointed out it was President Rodrigo R. Duterte who stated that Leachon must have not done what he did recently. Leachon issued statements that seemed to show every one of them is lying except himself. Sec. Roque pointed out that the government is always transparent. (ptvnews.ph)
Clearly, more than anything else, this is an issue of team work and unity, of washing dirty linen in public, disclosing sensitive issues which supposed to be taken in up only within or among team members. Leachon faltered on his ability to keep in step with the rest of the team when he twitted his disappointments.
In his letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul said, “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to the law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints.” (1 Corinthians 6:1). Paul reminds us that if a dispute arises between brothers, it should be settled among them, not in public.
Paul’s Concept of Unity in Philippians 2:1-4:
“Therefore if there is any [a]consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (NKJV)
The apostle Paul laid down at least four reasons for the greater unity. (1) the encouragement given them by Christ (“…of there is any consolation in Christ…”), (2) the power of Christ’s love working in them (…”if any comfort of love…”), (3) the common sharing they have in the same Spirit (“…if any fellowship of the Spirit…”), and the sympathetic kindness that God’s children should show to each other.
Selfishness or empty conceit is the mortal enemies of unity and harmony. While humility is the source of unity. This is the mind-set of the person who is not conceited but who has a right attitude toward himself.
To regard one another as more important than ourselves means that Christian love sees others as worthy of preferential treatment. Christians are not to be concerned solely with with their own spiritual progress, for this can lead to self-centeredness and pride.
We must learn to look for and admire the good in others!