Wed, March 29, 2017
Following God-given Leaders
We have and will always have spiritual leaders.
Even the most democratic-minded Christian is being influenced, and so led to some degree, by some other Christian living or dead. He cannot escape it; that is the way he is made and he might as well accept it.
At the extreme ends of the religious spectrum are those churches that are controlled from the top by an all-powerful hierarchy and those churches that boldly reject any such supreme authority and insist upon complete autonomy within the local assembly. Yet both kinds of churches are controlled by their leaders. The one group admits it, the other denies it; but the control exists for both nevertheless. Admittedly the degree of control is less in the second instance than in the first, but it is there.
That our religious outlook is largely determined for us by our leaders cannot be denied, but whether that is a good or an evil will depend altogether upon the kind of leaders we have and the wisdom we exercise in our attitude toward them.
''No one from the east or west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.''
Leadership has been defined in condensed form by Bobby Clinton as ''a dynamic process in which a man or woman with a God-given capacity influences a specific group of God's people toward His purpose for the group.'' How much we owe to such influencers!
Thank You, Father, for the leaders You have raised up and those You have brought down. Help me to discern the difference.