As one who grows less political each day, I have hesitated to write anything that would look partisan or otherwise politically divisive. The answer to man’s biggest problems starts with neither “R” nor “D” but rather “J” and “C.” However, as one who loves our country, I am concerned at our president’s seeming and increasing aloofness, inattention, disengagement, and unconcern with international and domestic crises. The latest Rasmussen poll reveals that 45% of likely voters consider the president a poor leader (www.rasmussenreports.com). Earlier this year, a Gallup poll found that more Americans (53%) than not (41%) believe our president is not respected “on the world stage” (www.gallup.com). This may stem from the fact that he lacks, as Doug Mataconis suggests, “executive experience…” (Christian Science Monitor, 7/29/14). Even prominent people within the president’s party, like former AOL Time Warner CEO, describe themselves as “beyond disillusioned” at the chief executive’s “hugging and hobnobbing” rather than appearing more engaged in the various, volatile current situations. Taken together, the growing disapproval of Barak Obama’s leadership stems from such things as apparent disinterest, failure to listen, inexperience, and blind adherence to an ideology without examining the specifics of a situation.
In every context, leadership is seen as an essential cog in the proper function of any organization. If a church, a home, a company, a school, or a nation seem to be failing and floundering, look at leadership. In a church, that includes especially elders but also preachers and deacons. In a home, it is the father and husband. In a company, it’s the president or CEO. In a school, it’s the principal, president, or director. Whatever the organization, it is fair to look at the example of the leadership. Typically, everyone else in the organization has to live with the decisions and is effected by the direction of the leadership.
The church’s leaders will give an account (Heb. 13:17). The man of the home is likewise accountable (Eph. 5:22-6:4). This holds true for leaders all the way up to the leaders of nations (Psa. 82:1; 110:5). We all find ourselves in positions of responsibility and most of us serve in some leadership capacity. Let us take seriously the accountability that we have to lead, be it children, the lost, neighbors, friends, or entire groups of people.