Leadership

I love my country. I respect my authorities. I pray for the people in public office because that is what God has commanded us to do, whether we voted for them or not. But I’m thankful that my future doesn’t depend on whoever wins in November.

We need to remember that this life isn’t all we have. This life isn’t even going to last for much longer. A day is coming when none of this will matter anymore, and all that we’ve invested, all that we’ve hoarded, all that we’ve acquired will come to nothing. Our political leaders will come to nothing; they’ll be reduced to regular people just like us. The same with Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries and anyone else we put on a pedestal.

We’re all just people, people. But until that day, those in leadership have a responsibility to lead in the way God has called them. They don’t have to, of course. God doesn’t force anyone to do things His way, but a day is coming when God’s way will be the only way. And if we’ve been chasing our tails doing things the way we want and ignoring Him in spite of His patience, we may not enjoy it when He takes over.

Sign on the Galveston Ferry, crossing between Galveston Beach and Jamaica Beach - TexasPsalm 2

Why are the nations so angry?
    Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
    the rulers plot together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
    “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
    The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
    terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
    in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
    Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
    the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
    and smash them like clay pots.’”

Now then, you kings, act wisely!
    Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
    and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
    But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

We all have a responsibility to follow God, but for anyone in a leadership position, we have a responsibility to lead people to God. And if you think about leadership that way, it becomes a lot less popular.

So if you’re in a leadership position of any kind today, think about the way God leads. Think about the way God works. Think about the way God treats us. Is that how you’re treating people? Is that how you’re leading people? Can people who work for you see God in you? Do you submit to God’s Son and God’s will and God’s plan?

If you don’t, why should anyone else?

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