Tag Archives: leadership

Haters gonna Hate and Leaders gonna Lead

032715_tswiftHaters gonna hate, but Forbes says Taylor Swift has it and President Obama lost it. Maybe California State never had it, but their students want it. And an Alabama Mom wins my vote for best example of showing it this week. What is it? Leadership.

Now, if you are confused about what all these things have to do with each other, take a look at a few of the headlines over recent days.

  1. Fortune Magazine’s list of the top 50 Greatest World Leaders had Taylor Swift at number 6, but President Obama didn’t make the list. Magazine editors cited the massive changes that Swift has brought to the music industry, while excusing the absence of the “Leader of the Free World” by saying that he failed to lead on issues he promised during his campaigns.
  2. Meanwhile, California State disbanded a Christian Student Group because their charter states that the President of the chapter needs to be a Christian. In an example of lackluster leadership, Cal State officials reasoned that faith-based requirements are discriminatory…even for faith-based organizations!
  3. Finally, when an Alabama Mom learned that her daughters had been rude in a movie theater, ruining the experience of another family, she dropped the hammer. She went to Facebook and found out who that family was, made her children send apologies, and made them pay for a new movie and snacks out of their allowance!

Leadership can be hard to define. We don’t always recognize it at the time, but it is obvious when absent.

So, yes, leadership can mean shaking up a music industry; standing on religious principles, or disciplining children. But what it absolutely is not, is failing to take a stand, abusing loopholes, or turning a blind eye to error…especially in your own family.

In the Bible, there are many examples of God-pleasing leadership, but none so important as the ones Jesus gave us.

  1. He shook off the ways of worldliness and reminded those who want to be first that it is better to serve than to be served (Mark 10:44-45).
  2. He despised a tyranny of blind religious dogma, warning that God will “bring about justice for” those who “who cry to Him day and night” (Luke 18:7-8).
  3. He taught discipline, even as the greatest extension of love. In Matthew 18:6, He teaches that the punishment will be harsh for those who cause others to stumble, but He does so in order to teach them to be kind and loving.

Being a true leader isn’t easy. It often means making decisions that are unpopular or painful at the time. Jesus showed true leadership by dying for us: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

What kind of leadership do you honor? Do you lead others to Christ? Following Jesus is the only way to heaven (Matthew 16:24), and that’s leadership worth honoring!

Moses Couldn’t Lead?

To put it plainly, there was a time when Moses couldn’t lead anyone out of a wet paper bag. He was an ineffective liberator. Yes, he tried…but failed spectacularly. You may be asking, “Is this the Moses who brought down the plagues on Egypt and destruction on Pharaoh’s household and freed a nation of slaves?” Well sort of…consider the following.

Exodus 2:11-12 tells us that Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, “one of his brethren,” and he “struck down the Egyptian.” In Acts 7:25, Stephen says that Moses “supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not.” Moses had to flee to the desert due to his failed deliverance. Again, in Numbers 20:8-12, Moses made such a mistake in leading God’s people that he himself was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. How is it that Moses could perform God’s amazing wonders at times, and yet fall so short at other times?

The fine line between successful leadership and failure is our willingness to follow the Lord’s direction. When Moses chose to liberate his brethren without a word from the Lord, it ended in trouble. But when God told him to liberate the people, it ended in miraculous freedom. When Moses chose to strike the rock in anger rather than speaking to it as God commanded, it ended in Moses not entering the Promised Land. But when he asked God to see the land, God granted his request – in his life (Deuteronomy 34:1-4) and eternally (Luke 9:28-36).

Today, we don’t speak with God the way Moses did, but our conversations are just as meaningful. When we act on our own will and try to liberate ourselves and others based on our own timelines and opinions, we fail just as Moses did. But if we will follow God’s word and God’s timing, we can be free and help free others from the bondage of sin. There is only one, true freedom from slavery today, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Whose will do you follow today – God’s or your own?