"And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:2, NKJV)
Given the election year, there is much talk about leadership these days. But it is important to look at leadership from a Biblical perspective as we evaluate those who seek our support.
These serious days demand principled leadership to preserve stability and security in the free world. Proven principles must be held in high regard by men and women with strong convictions and unshakable resolve. There is, however, a difference in standing for something and leading people toward that belief system. This moment in history demands that Godly people not merely stand but that we lead.
A true leader earns respect because what he or she accomplishes is important and meaningful. A person must not be followed merely because of a charismatic personality, rhetorical skill or name recognition. Claiming to "believe the right things" is not enough. A true leader must be able to inspire people to personally build on Godly principles.
We need strong, principled leadership today — someone who not only stands for principles, but one who can inspire others to stand for them. This is the most important role that a leader can fulfill, whether political or spiritual.
Through our mission outreaches, we feed the hungry and give clean water to the thirsty. But we also teach the recipients personal responsibility. As they gain health and strength, they are taught to work and care for others around them. This is true compassion and charity. This is leadership which inspires people to adhere to Biblical principles of work and responsibility.
Charity could rightly be considered a social issue, but throwing dollars at the needy without education and compassion amounts to waste. People must be charitable, loving and, most importantly, connected to the needy. On the mission field, the recipients of aid never act like they are owed or entitled to anything. Instead, there is a feeling of amazement and gratitude that someone noticed them and cared enough to help.
The United States of America has been great because of the unshakeable principles established by truly principled men who wrote and, when necessary, amended the Constitution for the benefit of all mankind. We desperately need leaders today who do not follow righteous principles, but who can also convince others of truth through their leadership role. Leaders must communicate effectively the importance of Biblical principles to bring about more freedom and opportunity.
These are sobering days as we face serious threats, not only from the outside, but from within.
We face enemies in the natural realm, but our real fight is in the supernatural. It is time not only to stand and hold fast to that which is true, but to get on our knees before God and pray for our nation, the free world and third-world countries in need of compassion and care.
Thomas Nelson publishers will release my book "The Soul of a Nation" in the spring. I deal with principled and spiritual issues of concern and call for 30 days of focused prayer. As I have said many times, concentrated prayer on the part of concerned people is like forcing the power of a river through a mighty turbine. And remember, when light is focused as a laser, it can cut through steel. The energy produced has the power and potential of lighting a city. God knows this nation needs leadership that will help us recognize and walk in that light.