Think seriously about the awesome responsibility of leadership
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.”