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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
TITLE: WE’RE RIGHT BEHIND YOU!"
By Zillah Williams
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"Run! Hide! Get someone else!"
This was not the response I had expected when I asked my husband what came to his mind when the word "Leadership" was mentioned.
On thinking about it, however, I remembered that this had been the response of one of Israel’s great military commanders – Gideon. Moses, too, had initially backed away from the responsibility of the leadership of God’s people.
Other examples, in other countries and at other times, could be cited.
Closer to home, leadership has to be exercised in the family. Under normal circumstances the husband should lead. This doesn’t mean that he should ignore all advice from his wife and family and "go it alone". It does mean that he should provide protection for his family. When there is a problem with a neighbour, for instance, he should try to sort it out – not send his wife in to bat!
It is important, in every sphere of life, to choose leaders wisely – at government level, in schools, in industry and commerce – and it is vital to know a prospective leader’s worldview before committing oneself to follow them. The principle is as applicable to leadership in the playground as it is to marriage, and the leadership of the nation.
When Joshua, another of Israel’s great military commanders, was put in charge of the nation after the death of Moses, he placed his leadership on the line by telling the people, in no uncertain terms, that he was God’s man.
If we aren’t careful to choose leaders who espouse absolute values of right and wrong, we’ll be at the mercy of those whose worldview could be influenced by what they ate for breakfast that morning – and that is terribly dangerous. It will result in what C.S. Lewis called, "the abolition of man".
A good leader will be aware of the great responsibility of leadership. So, if the response is: "Run! Hide! Get someone else!", when someone is asked to lead, don’t write them off. It could be a promising sign!
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