Leadership Theology

lincolnIf you were to ask me what is the biggest issue we face today and how can we solve it? Here is what I would say. The biggest threat today is theology. And this is what I mean, whenever we look at the problems we face today in our nation, we have several options to choose from to solve them.  And none of them work. They don’t work because they are not about what we believe about God. He always comes first. Whenever God’s people rebelled in the Bible, God would send his prophets to tell the people to repent, and often God would first deal with leaders. Why is that? Because leaders influence many people and what they do has a great affect. Over and over we find God saying the kings (leaders) have caused the people to fall into sin and that is why he brings correction.

So is the problem theology or leaders? Yes. Everything we do centers around what we believe about God, we just don’t always notice. If we believe that God is righteous and good, we will tend to emulate this as a leader, we will do good and righteous things and treat people fairly. If we believe God is just, we will correct wrongs. And if we believe God is to be feared, then we will be humble and realize that what we do will have good or bad consequences. You can’t separate God from how you act no matter how hard you try. He is always there.

In Isaiah chapter 8 the Lord speaks to the prophet and tells him not to follow the people. “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.” As a leader you should take this to heart. Do not fear people, but you had better fear God. When we read in Ezekiel 26-28 about Tyre, which definitely has application to America today, the prophet is speaking about a “king” or leader. Is that a specific leader or is it symbolic of many leaders? There is a sermon by Peter Marshall called, “Trial by Fire” from 1944. This was a warning to America. The question is not about one particular leader but of generations of leaders who have refused to honor God and his word. We have been warned repeatedly and now we are experiencing the correction of God because we refuse to change. If you are a leader you should listen to that sermon, you can still get it. Dr. Marshall warned us, and now generations later we see the consequences of choosing Baal over God. We are governed by God or ruled by tyrants.

What must we do? How can we fix the problem? We must choose and now the choice is much harder because the winds are carrying us further and further away from God. We have to decide to honor God above all else.

When we elected Donald Trump as president what exactly happened? What caused this? There are many political opinions. But I would say again, our problem is theological not political. The reason we have a businessman as president instead of a politician is because God chose him. God has absolutely rejected the corrupt political class because of their oppressive tactics and refusal to do what is right. You will continue to see this happen, a rejection of the elites who have put us in the position of national calamity. We keep trying to do things the same way and God continues to say no. Why? Because we still have not dealt with the problem at hand. We think we can be great and still lie, we can serve ourselves and God will still bless. No, no, no, no  no. God blesses righteousness and justice, not secrets, lies, and hiding behind our position. We have serious problems, so I think we need to be serious about them. We must change.

In 2 Kings chapter 1, the kings sends his messengers to inquire of Baal-Zebub. Elijah meets them on the road and tells them, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.” While the prophet was speaking to the messengers, the message was for the king. Who talks to a king like that? Someone who has been sent and is more afraid of God than a king. As the story continues, the king sends for Elijah, who is on top of a hill. Elijah refuses to come down for a while with disastrous consequences for the king’s men. When the prophet finally does come down and speaks to the king directly, guess what he says, the same thing. The same message of doom. So what happens, the king dies. If we are to be people of integrity, our message must ring true. If what God has put on the inside of us is a warning, then it should remain so unless God directs otherwise. The message to the king did not change, when he spoke to the messengers and when he spoke to the king directly. That is a person of integrity who has been sent. We need leaders who are not afraid of people and who will tell the truth no matter the consequences. God has been warning our nation for a long time. And now we are receiving the final warning. Will we listen? Which way will we turn? The reason why God is sometimes demanding and harsh with leaders is because what they are doing is so destructive for so many people. He needs a hammer, not a feather, because change is needed. We are not going to change with soft words.

“Behold, you are wiser than Daniel!
There is no secret that can be hidden from you!
With your wisdom and your understanding
You have gained riches for yourself,
And gathered gold and silver into your treasuries;
By your great wisdom in trade you have increased your riches,
And your heart is lifted up because of your riches,”

 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God:

“Because you have set your heart as the heart of a god,
Behold, therefore, I will bring strangers against you,
The most terrible of the nations;
And they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom,
And defile your splendor. Ezekiel 28:3-7

Friends, that is America!

 

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