Leadership has always been a struggle through the ages. Good leaders, mediocre leaders, and bad leaders have always been on both the world stage as well as in the kingdom of God. The Bible is full of examples for all these types of leaders in both Old as well as New Testament. There is nothing new here. The difference in our age is simply that we are in the last of the last days where the Bible clearly tells us rebellion to the things of God will increase. This includes rebellion towards virtually all types of leadership, including godly.
This is a difficult subject to cover in many ways. When you have been or are currently under corrupt leadership, the very word itself causes a ripple of resistance concerning the subject. The various views and opinions of what leadership should be are wide and varied in both the secular and church worlds. They cover everything from a human dictatorship to consensus of the majority. Both extremes are in error biblically. It was the rule by consensus of the majority that kept the Israelites out of the Promised Land the first time. Absolute authority in a leader who is not fully submitted to a larger covering is equally dangerous as exemplified in numerous OT kings and at least one NT pastor.
Herein lies the problem: Because there are so many non-biblical patterns of leadership out there and because there so many examples of corrupted leadership, many people have become suspicious of all leaders. That is why I have stated there is a leadership dilemma like never before in these last days. Good leaders, even godly leaders struggle to be able to lead today. And those who seek to follow good leaders struggle with the question, “How much should I allow myself to be led?”
I take an incredibly strong stand for the priesthood of the believer. I believe Peter when he said we were a nation of king/priest. We need no other man than the risen LORD Jesus to move us into the presence of God Himself; No leader is to ever place himself before the people as their way to get to God. When a supposed leader presents himself as the only way…run!
Having said that, the LORD both supplies and promotes leaders in His kingdom for the purpose of larger service. Not to become greater than anyone else, but to become a greater servant to others. If this were not so, we would not have the individual leaders presented to us whether it be Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and David in the OT or Peter, Paul, Barnabas and Timothy in the NT. If leaders were not God’s intended will for a people, we would not have the admonishment from Hebrews chapter 13:
Hebrews 13:17 (NASB95) 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
Yes, that is strong and it provokes many questions, especially to our western cultured mentality. None-the-less the Bible is clear in this area, godly leadership is a gift from God to watch over our souls so that we might live successful lives in the Kingdom of God.
I’m going to jump into the leadership dilemma with a series of blogs aimed directly at leaders and those whom desire to find godly leadership. We will do so not from a leadership structure standpoint, but rather we will get to the meat of the issue, which is always the heart of the leader and how to discern it.
I will list the coming blogs so you will have a way to find each one in the order they are presented:
David vs. Saul
The Absalom Rebellion
The Jezebel Corruption
Just as a side note, if you are looking for the perfect leader, there is only one and His name is Jesus. The rest of us are simply striving to become more like Him. All of us are in the process of becoming more Christ-like in our daily walk. Leaders are not super saints per say, they are simply people like you and I who have the gift and calling of God to lead. Our accountability in how we lead is higher before the Lord without question. But so is yours in the gift you have been given and the way you use it. Be careful how you throw stones without surveying your own house.