“Don’t follow me … I’m lost too” said the sticker on the bumper of the car ahead of me.
That reminded me that the crowd may not always know where they are going.
Harry Truman once commented: “I wonder how far Moses would have gotten if he’d taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus have preached if he’d taken a poll in Israel? Where would the Reformation have gone if Martin Luther had taken a poll before he pounded those 95 Theses on that church Door?”
It isn’t the polls or the public opinion of the moment that should tell us what to do. It is relying on the Word of God and developing a clear sense of right and wrong, that should tell us what to do. Any person who develops that clear sense, and then is willing to stand up for what is right openly and courageously, even when they have to stand alone, is the one who makes the world a better place. This is wisdom. This man or woman is a real leader.
And I remember hearing once that true leaders rise to the top especially when times are difficult. They are like beans in a jar of peas. When you place peas and beans in a jar and shake them vigorously, the peas always settle to the bottom while the beans always come to the top. And so it is with godly leaders: shaking them up will never keep them down.
May God bless us by raising up godly leaders in our midst.