Posted by: everynation | December 30, 2009

Leaders – A Reflection of the Followers

by Brett Fuller

Generally, people get the kind of leader they deserve. A wise, discerning, Bible adhering, Spirit led group would not choose someone of lesser quality than their standards demand. Neither would a great leader be satisfied with leading people who are unwilling to follow. However, disunified moments arise in the best of circumstances. When they do, there are five options:

1. The people conform to the leaders expectations.
2. The leader conforms to the people’s expectations.
3. The people decide to find a new leader.
4. The leader decides to find a new people.
5. The people and the leader change.

In a free country, the citizens have the privilege of choosing who will lead them. If the vast majority of the citizenry have a biblical world view, generally, so will it’s leaders. However, if the vast majority of the citizenry hold to an unbiblical world view, their leaders will also. When the environment exists whereby there is discontinuity between the leaders and the followers, there are five options:

1. The people conform to the leaders expectations.
2. The leader conforms to the people’s expectations.
3. The people decide to find a new leader.
4. The leader decides to find a new people.
5. The people and the leader change.

What kind of people will we elect to represent us? Knowing that most Americans do not serve Christ or rely on the Bible for guidance, one cannot have confidence that Biblically grounded, politically competent civil servants will be elected. America will get the leaders it wants and unfortunately, the ones she deserves. The question is, what option are we going to employ when we come to our moment of discontinuity. While noticing the “splinter” (Matt 7:3) in the eye of one with whom we have disagreement, may God give our citizenry and it’s leaders the grace to see the “log” in our own eye, and help all of us choose #5.

Brett Fuller is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia. He is also the founder of the Legacy Institute and the president and co-founder of African American Resource Ministry (AARM).

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  1. Thanks for the very wise and concise words Pastor Brett. They are just in time for me to help a friend make some important decisions. God bless! Mike


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