April 7, 2020 - Leadership
When I woke up this morning leadership was on my mind. I have listened to the brilliance of so many of our leaders as they cope with covid-19. They are smart, truthful, transparent, comforting, encouraging, unmovable, etc. They have provided hope to the people for whom they serve.
On the other hand, I have listened to ignorance, belligerence, lies, exaggerations, uncanny behavior, etc. from some of our leaders. It makes you wonder where God is in all of this. As I pondered this thought, some of my readings helped me better understand what we are experiencing. I write this to suggest that we stay abreast of what is happening around us in our communities, counties and country. The environment is changing every day and we should be well informed. I also suggest we be able or pray that God will allow us to separate truth from falsehood, facts from fiction, degradation from elevation, belittling from aggrandizement, etc. Don't let the trick of the devil fool you.
"Woe to shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!" declares the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: "You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord." Jeremiah 23:1-4
The Bible clearly shows that at times God will place unfit and unworthy leaders in positions of power for the purpose of fulfilling his plans."
All of us remember Nebuchadnezzar who was a terrible ruler and did harsh things to those who disagreed with him.
We remember Pharaoh whose heart was hardened by God who sent Moses to tell Pharaoh, "Indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show my power in you, and that my name may be declared in all the earth." Exodus 9:16
Daniel stated, "Praise the name of God forever…He controls the course of the world events; He removes kings and set up other kings." Daniel 2:20-21
Apostle Paul wrote, "All authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." Romans 13:1
Does this mean that God condones poor leadership? No. It simply means that God will accomplish whatever his purpose is through the leadership that he puts in place and allows.
The Bible shows us that God sometimes decide who will be the leader of a nation. He also allows people to elect national leaders whose values are not those found in the scriptures, even to their detriment.
The advice the apostle Paul gives to Christians who question the government is: "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and reverence. 1Timothy 2:1-2
With all that has been said, may we pray that God will touch our leaders so that we might have healing and peace in the land! We may not know what God's plan is, but we can see clearly that God is trying to tell us something.
As for me and my house, we will continue to serve God!
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor