I had hoped to post earlier, but the topic I chose to address (which God laid on my heart) was more complicated and difficult to write about than I had expected.  Maybe this is because the topic, leadership, is one that has been dear to my heart most of my adult life.  I’ve learned so many lessons about leadership over the years, but unfortunately, more of the lessons I learned were from negative .examples than positive examples.  I learned less about what to do and more about what not to do by watching a plethora of bad leaders over the years.  American businessman and writer Max DePree wrote, in reference to leadership, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”  This quote gives a fairly succinct explanation of the duties and proper orientation of a leader toward service.  Just as Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, so should leaders follow in His example since, as Jesus taught, “[A] servant is not greater than his master.”   

No human is greater than the Son of God, so we should all be willing to follow His example of humble, loving service, whether we are leaders or followers.  Moreover, since He was and is God, then His example is germane to all activities and situations in life, not just in the church.  Furthermore, all people will be accountable to God for how they spent their lives, even down to the minutest detail (Matthew 12:36).  But leaders have even more accountability.  They have a tremendous responsibility for the people they lead and are answerable to God for the privilege and authority that they have been granted.   As Jesus taught in Luke 12:48, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”   The principles that this verse addresses are applicable not only to the accountability in this temporal world, here and now, but also to the accountability of leaders on the day of judgment.   

Leaders should be humble, thankful for the efforts and assistance of others, and properly focused in mind and heart toward the service and the best interests of others.  While this servant-leader concept of Jesus is the consummate guide and an effective template for all people, it is, unfortunately, not a model that is common in certain segments of our society.  In politics, leaders often do not do as DePree suggests; rather than “defining reality” (i.e. leading or setting the standard), they choose, instead, to play to demographics or the statistics of polls, in essence, becoming demagogues rather than courageous, moral leaders.   Or, the reality that these politicians define is not a rightful, ethical, pragmatic, or even godly one.  Many of our political leaders have bought into the false morality of the politics of envy (the class warfare of Marxism or its slightly watered down version, Socialism).  In choosing this reality, they are “willfully ignorant” of truth, rejecting reality in favor of their cherished delusions, and not honoring the God who defines truth, creates all things, and provides everything good that we experience and enjoy in this world ( James 1:17 teaches us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”).

More on this tomorrow.  I pray you will have a peaceful and restful Sunday. 

 


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07/19/2016 7:12am

Excellent post however, I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Appreciate it!

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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