What does legitimate leadership look like?
Can strong words from scripture describe a leader? Yes! The Bible teaches about leadership?
Leadership failure has been one of the top stories in the United States recently. This year has been an interesting time in the world of politics. Our country has seen the billionaire, Donald Trump, rise to such a high level in the national polls that it is unusual and confusing many in the Washington world and the press. What is going on? Why is this happening?
There is a scream across the nation, “We need a strong leader!” Not only is this coming from Democrats and Republicans, but it also can be heard in the ranks of the Libertarian Party and the Socialist Party.
The Bible, the Word of God, has good advice for seeking out a robust, legitimate leader.
What Does the Old and New Testament Bible Say About Legitimate Leadership
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
2 Chronicles 15:7
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
What would you add to these Bible verses to describe a legitimate leader?