Nations crumble, churches and business fail, families become dysfunctional, children lose their way, and men stray from God for one disturbing reason; lack of leadership. These failures are often because of the lack of instruction, proper leadership, and confusion over what Christian leadership is and how that leadership is applicable to every facet of business and personal life.
The Webster Dictionary defines leadership as an office or position, the capacity to lead, the act or an instance of leading (Merriam-Webster, 2011). Leader is defined as; a person who directs a military force or unit, a person who has commanding authority or influence (Merriam-Webster, 2011). The Army defines leadership as the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization. (Department of the Army, 2006 pg 1-2)
Robert Clinton states “The central task of leadership is influencing God’s people toward God’s purposes” (Clinton, 1988). George Barna defines a Christain Leader as “someone who is called by God to lead; leads with and through Christlike character; and demonstrates the functional competencies that permit effective leadership to take place” (Barna, 1997). It is a shame we as Christians fail to recognize that Christ would have us be leaders in more than the church.
Nations crumble for lack of Godly leadership, many nations though they have good leaders fail because they take their eyes off of God and focus on the worlds version of success; they store up their treasures in this world where they are easily destroyed, and they believe that worldly treasures are a mark of success and base their success off of that. But God calls us to place our focus on his kingdom. From the beginning of history, God’s people have failed to follow his lead, they demanded a king and they got Saul. In 1 Samuel 8:10-18, God said,
"This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots…. and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest… He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants…. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day" (Zondervan, 2002 pg 387)
Nations fail because God’s people have turned to men for answers and not to God and as a result we seek our will and not God’s. We turn from him because we think we know better. Unfortunately, we make ourselves out to be fools by doing so.
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