Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. – Mark 15:15
Leadership by consensus is akin to a sailor allowing his direction to be determined solely by the wind. While the captain of a ship should certainly consider which way the wind is blowing, it cannot be the sole determinant of his destination. In the same way, a leader must be certain of his or her destination before he “sets sail,” because the “wind” of public opinion is fickle, varied, and ever-changing. Every sailor must have the ability to “read the wind” and use that element to gain the force necessary to accomplish the best direction. In a storm, it is often necessary to drop sail altogether and wait it out. The same might be said of a leader, but ultimately an organization must be driven by purpose, not opinion or whim.
The Christian leader has two powerful “shipmates” at his disposal, guaranteeing an arrival at God’s intended destination. One is the Holy Spirit and the other is the Word of God. The Spirit “blows” providing the necessary energy for movement and the Word “guides” ensuring a steady, consistent direction. The opinions of men will sway, but God’s opinion will not.
If you want to know which way to lead, poll God.
Politics: the art of obtaining money from the rich and votes from the poor on the pretext of protecting each other from the other. – Oscar Ameringer
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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