When it comes to how God’s Word engages us, I don’t believe in accidents.
I preached on leadership last Sunday (the Sunday following the election). I would say it was coincidental, because this is just a part of a larger message series from the book of Exodus we have been in since September. This particular passage of Scripture and topic have been slated since July.
But we have something to hear and God has something to say about leadership. Never in my life has this been more glaring than it has been recently.
WE HAVE A LEADERSHIP VOID.
This is nothing new. It is the curse of sin; when we are called to step forward out of faithfulness toward God and as an example to others, our natural inclination is to step backward instead of forward. That response is the product of a mixture of fear, incompetence and spiritual inertia. There are Biblical examples from “the beginning” to “the end” where God provided the opportunity for leadership, and the call has often gone unanswered.
Now, apply this conversation to our current events. We live in a nation with the radical idea that the people should be able to choose their leader, yet out of 320 million people, the two candidates with which we were left were…<insert your own description here>… We have a problem.
NEVER LET A GOOD CONFLICT GO TO WASTE.
How did we get here? Where do we go from here? Is this rock bottom? Where are today’s leaders, and why aren’t they leading? How will we develop the leaders of tomorrow?
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
If we are living in a leadership void, how are you a part of the solution? Are you growing? Are your eyes open to the needs around you?
Too often we see leadership as a chance to elevate ourselves – to pursue fame, fortune or a combination of the two.
What if we saw leadership through a different lens? What if our nation was composed of 320 million people whose eyes were open to the needs around them? Would we have more capable leaders – and better examples – in our highest office? Would we be better stewards of our environment? Would there be less venom in our words? Would it help the institutions that are in many ways broken – from education to healthcare to entitlement programs to the church?
And what about you? Is your role in this to complain? To agitate? To revolt?
ARE YOU CALLED TO A LARGER ROLE?
There are Biblical examples from “the beginning” to “the end” where God directed His people (often unlikely ones) to fill roles bigger than those which they would have chosen for themselves.
If, in fact, we can all agree there is a leadership void, then I hope we also all realize that something always fills a void. If that void is not filled with the right kind of leaders with the right heart and right spirit, then that void will certainly be filled with the wrong kind of leaders.
WHICH KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU?
Do you have the integrity and resolve to do the right things the right ways? Do you have the heart to do these things for the right purposes? Do you have the humility to acknowledge your flaws and weaknesses, but also the faith to step out and take the inherent risks involved in leadership, anyway?
Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities. But there is at least one thing they have in common.
THE BEST FOLLOWERS ALSO OFTEN MAKE THE BEST LEADERS.
I don’t have all the answers; in fact, I’m wrestling with the concept of leadership (or the lack thereof). Feel free to comment on what it might look like to be a part of the solution.