Today, the Sunday School lesson focused on "The Christian and Politics". While preparing for this lesson last night, I decided to look at Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech since he is one of the most powerful Christian leaders who has made radical changes for society. While listening to the speech and reading the passages of scripture in Exodus that relate to God calling Moses, I started to think critically about how different a Christian leader should be. My thoughts led me to the following points. A Christian leader should:
All good leaders should have vision. There is no doubt about that. However, the Christian leader's vision should extend beyond looking for ways to heavily increase profits for his or her company for instance. The Christian leader's vision should be one of social change and should focus on how things can be improved for the betterment of all individuals. I think that we oftentimes get caught up in finances and how we can make more money and become sidetracked in working for the greater good.
Strive for Equality
Martin Luther King Jr.'s mantra was equality for blacks. There is a line in his speech where he says "I have a dream that one day my two children will be looked upon not because of the colour of their skin but the content of their character". That is such a profound statement as it symbolises the truth that all humans should be viewed equally. Christian leaders have to be cautious about how they treat others. Regardless of social class, race, education or wealth all people should be treated equally.
When God was calling Moses in Exodus 3:1-10 he caught Moses' attention by using a burning bush. Oftentimes God will not do something quite as drastic to get our attention but we should be so in tune with Him as Christians that we are able to identify when He is speaking us and we should be receptive to his directives.
Identify the Needs
Before sending Moses on his mission, God carefully outlined the needs of the Israelites. He highlighted the fact that the Israelites were in misery because of slavery and His concern for their suffering. Christian leaders should fully understand the needs of the people they lead before making plans and decisions.
Not Resist God's Call
Moses resisted God's call by complaining about every weakness he had. Jonah resisted by running away. No matter what you do, God will find you and He will equip you to do what He has set before you. Christian leaders should not resist but should instead rely on God's wisdom and strength to help them to accomplish the tasks set before them.
Place All Plans Before God
Throughout Moses' leadership of the Israelites he ALWAYS consulted with God and sought God's direction. Proverbs 16:3 says "Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans". Christian leaders should place every plan, every thought and every idea in God's hands.
Being a Christian leader is not easy by any means. However, I believe that by following these points we all can become the types of leaders God wants us to be.