What to do When There is a Leadership Dilemma

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When people feel frustrated with the negative things occuring in their country, they tend to criticize the government, in particular the president. And there is nothing wrong in that by it self, for most folks look up to the government for leadership and have a certain expectation on how things are supposed to be.

Few people though try to understand the reason behind why things are the way they are and in fact few offer solutions to the dilemma. This I tend to believe is because most people don’t know what to do but expect the government to know.

When a country is in trouble, God looks for a leader. We must realize that when leaders disqualify themselves for their positions, God has already been searching for someone else. When Samuel told King Saul that God had rejected him as a leader for disobedience Samuel’s response was that “I feared the people and obeyed their voice” 2 Samuel 15:24. He sought forgiveness for his failings but it was too late.

Samuel told him, “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure: the lord has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him leader over his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command” 1 Samuel 13:13-14.

Addressing Prophet Jeremiah, God asks him to “go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.” Jeremiah 5:1.  In reality God was looking for a leader to stand in the gap for the people. He was looking for a person who dealt honestly with the people, a trait hard to come by then and today.

Secondly, God was also looking for a person who spoke the truth. This is also another quality that is hard to come by in our contemporary society. In one of his writings, Dr Myles Munroe avers that the political system we live in is “somewhat contrary to the truth”. He says that “If you want to be elected in a democratic system, the truth can hinder your votes. Political leaders often neglect to tell the truth because people want you to tell them what they want to hear”.

Thsi writer agree with Dr Munroe’s view because this attitude is clearly demonstrated in modern societies that practice democracy. In a democracy it is really the people that govern the nation through the people they appoint to office. The leaders are expected to make things happen on behalf of the people. This is the only explanation as to how some leaders become so popular when we know little of their development and leadership record. 

Such leaders tell the people what they want to hear through lies and innuendos. They make people identify an enemy to explain their misery and people buy into these lies because it makes them feel better about themselves. They promise things that they cannot deliver to assuage the needs of those hearing. People want to hear these lies because they cannot handle the truth and consequently such leaders win the people’s votes.

There is a saying that honesty is the best policy. According to Dr Munroe, “if honesty is the best policy, you are dishonest. Honesty is the only policy. It is not the best of choice over a variety of choices; it is the only choice. Honesty must be the only choice for a leader”. 

For this reason, only God can give a leader wisdom to govern and direction on how to act in a particular situation. The answer to struggle and chaos, whether national or personal, is God ordained leadership.

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