“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” – Philippians 2:5-8
Leaders and would be leaders take note – Christ is the very anti-thesis of the will to power. Those who would seek out power are the absolute opposite of Christ.
Those who would yearn for a strong leader and a strong nation would be wise to remember the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 12 when he relates the words that God told him –
““My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
When we look to Jesus we do not see power and strength – we see something far greater – we see humility and a willingness to walk even to death for the sake of others, even those who would hate him, especially those who would hate him.
When you look to your leaders what do you see? Do you see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as Galatians says are the hallmarks of the Spirit of God?
If not be wary. This is not a leader to envy, this is not a leader to place your hope and trust in. This leader is the very opposite of Christ whom you are called to pursue and to emulate as best you can.
Ask yourself if this leader, when struck, would turn away. Ask yourself if this leader would command you to “love your enemy”? Would this leader tell you to care for the foreigner? Would this leader have mercy on the homeless? Would this leader command you to feed and clothe the poor? Would this leader send you to the prisons to visit criminals? Would this leader promise the kingdom of heaven to the poor in spirit? Would they give the whole earth to the meek? Would this leader make peacemakers children of God?
Ask yourself – would this leader store up treasures for themselves on earth? Would this leader, modeled after Christ who said “You cannot serve both God and money.”, be rich?
Would your leader be cast in the mold of Christ if their focus was judging others when we have all been commanded in Matthew 7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“
Would this leader mock others?
How would this leader speak about and treat women if they are seeking to model themselves after Christ? This same Christ of whom it is told in John chapter 8:
“At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Is this the model that your leader is following?
Be wary if you see the face and hope of Christ in this leader for if you do then you do not know Christ.