As I have watched nearly all the debates the past few months and seen the polls go up and down, I’m more and more convinced that Sir Winston Churchill was correct:
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
What We Look For In A Leader
This process reminds me of when Israel was looking for a king. They wanted a strong leader, someone who stood out among the rest. They ended up with Saul. You can see how that worked out by reading 1 Samuel 8-16. It’s an example of how, so many times, God acts in ways opposite to our human expectations.
For example, who among us would have chosen Moses to lead: “I am not eloquent… I am slow of speech and of tongue” (Exodus 4:10)?
And how about Gideon: “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest… and I am the least in my family” (Judges 6:15)?
Finally, consider Saul’s replacement, shepherd-boy David:
“Do not consider his appearance or his height… The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Even Jesus Himself was born in a lowly stable and led a rag-tag group of disciples. It’s true that by following Christ, a worldwide movement of eternal impact was spawned. But these examples from Scripture illustrate that what God looks for in a leader is usually quite different than what we look for.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for a shepherd to rise as I look to vote this year!
A key strategic focus at Asian Access is identifying leaders who will shepherd the people God has entrusted to their leadership. We believe it's an incredibly strategic task to identify kingdom leaders who will shape their families, churches, communities and countries. And we're actually seeing that happen!
What about you?
What qualities are you looking for in your leaders? More pointedly, who are you investing in? Look around you—who are the emerging kingdom leaders who you can influence and encourage? Hopefully they will help to shape their nation . . . and, who knows, just maybe one of them will be the next president!
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..."
— Jesus (Matthew 28:19a)
- Check out what Asian Access looks for in a leader: Leadership: An Underlying Need in Today’s Chaos