Steve Lyston | God-appointed vs man-appointed leaders
The issue of leadership has been a global hot topic lately, particularly in light of all that is happening worldwide.
Regardless of the organisation - political, church, public, private or civil - the type and appointment of leaders throughout the world will determine the outcome of a nation, whether it will enjoy peace and prosperity or not.
People often vote to put persons in positions of leadership based on personal opinion, likes and dislikes, academic qualifications, oratorical and/or intellectual prowess, or even on the basis of what that potential leader can do for them. However, the masses will never get it right until they lay hold of two significant keys - a renewed mind (way of thinking) and a new heart.
From a spiritual perspective, there are three kinds of leaders - man-appointed, self-appointed and God-appointed. What we need is a God-appointed leader. A God-appointed leader always triumphs, and even when they fall they will get up.
Man-appointed leaders are selected based on external attributes - appearance, family background (name), fame, money, oratory skill, intellectual capabilities and academic achievements. Such leaders claim to have a call from God, but their calling and appointment were given to them solely by human assignment. These persons depend on their degrees and intellectual strength to make decisions. They lead according to how they feel, what they see, how they view a matter and so look for popularity and man's approval in an effort to please man. God rejects all of the above (1 Samuel 16). Even in the Church, they see ministry as a career, not a calling.
Self-appointed leaders take on to themselves authority and responsibility for which they have not been divinely called. They always try to bring down other leaders and present themselves as the best candidate to lead. So they undermine all and disrupt organisations. They are fake and when a strong wind blows, they can't stand. Self-appointed leaders are always arrogant, often ill-mannered and feel that everybody owes them something. They don't handle power and promotion well and are very vindictive.
A God-appointed leader is selected by God who then reveals it/speaks to His true, appointed servants as they seek Him. 1 Samuel 16 is such an example. God looks at the heart of the individual - those who fear Him, those who will lead to please Him, those who will seek Him for direction daily, those who are humble before Him, those who are willing to learn, and those who trust Him to give them solutions for change and will look to Him - not to other business, countries or persons - to solve problems. They will abstain from oppressing the poor and the condemned and speak on their behalf. They will come to their aid, advocate for them and defend their rights. They will speak up for the marginalised and those who are mistreated, oppressed and discriminated (Proverbs 31: 8 - 9).
Now, let it be clear, God is not selecting perfection, because as human beings we are each flawed. However, it is about God choosing who is right for the season, for the benefit of the organisation or nation to accomplish what He desires to do to ultimately fulfil His purpose through each one.
So that if a God-appointed leader moves out of line or out of God's will, then such a leader can look forward to 2 Chronicles 15: 2: "And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: 'Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.'" No one wants to be forsaken
According to the book of Daniels, God still rules in the affairs of men, and that includes international politics.
If we want to see better leaders in every sector, we must begin to go deeper and seek God's will. Mankind needs to stop guessing and then go to social media and curse about it. It is not a trial thing. It is serious and real because lives and souls are at stake. We need to pray to have leaders again like Forbes Burnham, Eric Williams, Maurice Bishop, Kenny Anthony, Errol Barrow, Michael Manley, Edward Seaga, Alexander Bustamante, Hugh Shearer, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. These were men with vision and guts.
- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.