Think se­ri­ously about the awe­some re­spon­si­bil­ity of lead­er­ship

Cherokee County Herald - - NEWS - by Randy Jones

Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue; For we may not make men­tion of the name of the Lord. (Amos Ch. 6 verse 10b).

Chap­ter 6 of Amos’s prophecy is a pic­ture of ir­re­spon­si­ble and rot­ten to the core lead­er­ship of any great and pow­er­ful na­tion, that has for­got­ten God.

As Amos ap­plied the com­ing judg­ment of God against Is­rael, for their false sense of se­cu­rity and ar­ro­gance of their lead­ers, so can the ap­pli­ca­tion be made to the con­di­tion of Amer­ica.

“Woe to them who are at ease in Zion, and trust in the moun­tain of Sa­maria, which are named chief of the na­tions, to whom the house of Is­rael came! (Ch. 6 v1).

The “no­table per­sons” were not lead­ers at all, but ar­ro­gant peo­ple who fought for po­lit­i­cal power at any cost, who mis­treated the un­der­priv­i­leged and op­pressed, while liv­ing lives of ease and op­u­lence; who lie upon beds of ivory, ate the best food, drank the best wine, and wore the best clothes (Ch.6 v 4-6).

The lead­ers and priv­i­leged as­so­ciates de­manded pref­er­en­tial treat­ment and recog­ni­tion at the na­tions ex­pense. Ap­ply­ing this pas­sage to us should cause us to think se­ri­ously about the awe­some re­spon­si­bil­ity of lead­er­ship. A na­tion, church, or Chris­tian move­ment can rise no higher than its lead­er­ship.

Fol­low­ers ei­ther rise to great heights or sink to ter­ri­ble lows de­pend­ing on the spiritual and moral qual­ity of their lead­ers. Con­versely, ser­vant-lead­ers rec­og­nize they ex­ist solely for their peo­ple’s growth in great­ness rather than their peo­ple ex­ist­ing to make them great.

The Bi­ble is a con­stant re­minder that lead­er­ship of na­tions is by di­vine ap­point­ment and those that God al­lows the priv­i­leges of au­thor­ity, But, He can also de­pose.

Blessed is the na­tion whose God is the Lord Je­sus, but woe to the na­tion that sub­sti­tutes pride and ar­ro­gance for grate­ful praise.

“Blessed be the name of the Lord”. He has all the an­swers, and it’s not sub­ject to de­bate. Woe to those lead­ers, ad­vi­sors and com­men­ta­tors who “dare not men­tion the name of the Lord.” His name is Faith­ful and True, The Word of God, King of Kings, And Lord of Lords” (Rev. Ch. 19).

Those that know Him, be­lieve Him, and trust Him, call Him “Je­sus.”

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