Where Are the Leaders?

I’ve heard a lot lately about leadership or the lack thereof.  It seems everyone has an opinion on the leadership in our country, and rightly so considering that bold, fearless leadership doesn’t seem to exist much anymore.  I see the leadership of our country pandering to whatever group can give them the most votes.  I see leaders of our nation’s greatest companies compromising their integrity and values for more power and money.  I see the leaders of many of our families failing miserably at guiding their wives and children with love and Godly values.  I’m not here to say that there is a total lack of leadership today but that it is definitely on the decline and, if left unchecked, will cause a tipping point that we may not be prepared to face.

The book of Judges comes to mind when I think of our lack of strong leadership.  Without strong leaders willing to follow and obey God, we have become a nation who is defiant and, at times, defeated, just like the generations of people who came after Joshua.

So how do we fix our leadership void?  I believe and God teaches that it starts at home.  And the responsibility primarily rests on the man.  I think of the disciples, who as mere teenagers, stepped up to follow Jesus and give their lives to something greater than themselves.  I think of the God-fearing men who love their wives as God loves the church.  I think of the fathers who sacrifice material wealth and promotions to be active in their children’s lives.  We need more older men to take the responsibility of training up younger men; of showing them what a real Christian man looks like.  Most importantly, we need men who confidently step out and say to God, “Here am I, send me.”

If you are a man, God has a special role made especially for you.  The only thing that could hold us back is our own fear and doubt but, “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7).  Let’s rise up and become leaders and take back our families and our country for God.

-Joe

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