November 23, 2012
Nations crumble, churches and businesses 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 Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines leadership as: “1 the office or position of a leader; 2 capacities to lead, 3 the act or an instance of leading,” (M-W Inc, 2012). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary then defines a leader as; “1 a person who directs a military force or unit, a person who has commanding authority or influence,” (M-W Inc, 2012). This definition is particularly interesting simply for the fact that the definition of ‘leader’ is immediately associated with the U.S. Army: an attention-grabbing side note. The U.S. Army then 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)
Robert Clinton states “The central task of [Christian] 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 Christ-like character; and demonstrates the functional competencies that permit effective leadership to take place” (Barna, 1997). It is a shame that we as Christians fail to recognize that Christ would have us be leaders in more than the church. Often times we fall short due to the message of love and peace, which in my opinion, makes many of us assume that means to be passive. However, it is our competency and ability to excel in the workplace that provides a witness to God above all other things. If you think about it for a second you can see that the Christian person in day-to-day life rarely stands out for being a “holy” person in a divine or Biblical sense. Instead, I would submit that our best way to give glory to God is through our actions and abilities to perform those day-to-day tasks that we participate in throughout normal life. My biggest lesson learned through playing soccer at Colorado Christian University (CCU) had nothing to do with soccer but with the ideas that came before this sentence: our biggest testament to people as Christians is competence.
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 I Samuel 8:11-18, God said,
“This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your
sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his
chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of
fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make
weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be
perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and
olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of
your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants
and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a
tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes,
you will cry out for relief from the king...
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