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God and Leadership (Part III)

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In this final part, another important aspect of Godly leadership is featured. One cannot pretend to have covered all the useful leadership factors such as the character of the leader, and I am certain there are many more qualified voices on this and other related subjects. I brought out, in the previous blog, the importance of vision and focus - also mentioning that the leader has flaws and receives divine help - not as an excuse for perfidy and abuse but to bring out the important truth that God hates self-made persons … there will often be limps to humble and compel the leader to lean on the unseen but more sure grace and mercy that only God gives without consulting mortals. This article speaks to the issue of the home.

The successful leader has played his/her God-given role in the family. The importance of the family sounds passé in the postmodern era where the meanings and shades of the word and all it entails are often deformed … with many emerging grotesque options. The heroine of this third part is an exceptional lady called Deborah.

Jdg_4:4  And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

The only female judge mentioned in the Bible was Deborah who led a successful counter attack against the forces of Jabin king of Canaan and his military commander Sisera. Deborah must be an important model if her destiny singles her out in this remarkable manner. There is an order … a sequence to her contribution as a prophetess, wife and judge, as described in Judges 4. First, she served God as a prophetess, she knew God and had a strong relationship and could discern the will of God. We cannot perform the exploits required of bold godly leadership without first knowing God. But second it states she was the wife of Lapidoth … she played her role first in the family … her knowledge of God came to bear first in the family not in the nation or “Church”.  We are not told how well she performed this role of a wife, but I suspect that this emphasis - that she was a wife - points to truth that this was to be her area of primacy before her ministration to humanity. In similar fashion God speaks of Abraham …

Gen_18:19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

If you have been a student of Lincoln and Churchill – perhaps the two greatest statesmen in the 19th and 20th century respectively, you will quickly conclude that in spite of many known challenges and serious domestic complications, there was evidence of an uncommon grace in devotion to their wives, children and family values. Demonic leaders will tend to despise the most simple traditional Bible-based family paradigms. e.g. Hitler - who had an incestuous early relationship with his cousin … clung to his mistress Eva Braun for years, and after midnight on 29 April 1944, hastily married her in a small civil ceremony in the Führerbunker shortly before both committed suicide.

When the enemy of our destiny has discovered a strong relationship with God, he has only one next target … not our Church or Ministry … but rather the family. He knows a large hyper-growing mega church is only a sitting duck when divine family structures have collapsed and all manner of palliative experimentation or lack of understanding prevails on matters of the home. Observe also, with Abraham, the order in which he is commended … knowledge of God and then his family came first …lastly was “doing justice and judgment to men”.

An old time preacher once said ‘we are first known as Christians in our family… not as deacons/pastors on the pulpit, or in business or other more prominent leadership parts” … how true.

Back to Deborah, the brave woman …who did what men could not. Women like men can assume strategic leadership roles … but the same principle arises. Men (who are married) need to be husbands and fathers before they are CEOs and great Presidents …similarly married women need to be wives to their husbands before they will excel for God in similar leadership roles. The commendation of Deborah proves that the Bible does not disqualify any gender from leadership … but we still understand that the roles of husband and wife are different … and deliberately so.

In addressing issues of ministry, political leadership and marriage, we need men and women who know God and can occasionally go back to first fix gaps in this key relationship and their holy walk … then our leaders can see the way to have harmony in the family, without which we may only succeed to lead many astray…. irrespective of whether we be male or female. May God help all of us. Amen

Read God and Leadership (Part II)

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