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Spirituality And Our Leadership Crisis

October 12, 2015

Grace to you! It’s getting close to that time again. The time when we are constantly inundated with presidential campaign ads, with primary debates, and folks chewing the fat at the local stores over who is best qualified to lead our nation. Each one makes the same promise to make us safe from the threats that loom over us. The candidate who convinces the people that their leadership will provide the greatest amount of security usually winds up winning the presidency.

However, Ben Franklin gave our nation an early warning about desiring certainty in security coming from leaders. “They (the citizens) that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This means that the citizens will have to give up more and more liberties for the illusive pursuit of full security. The end result is that the people eventually wind up with neither liberty nor security.

The desire for temporal security was even a problem for Israel. God had miraculously delivered them from slavery. However, once they got a taste of their new found freedom and its temporal risks, they begged to go back to Egypt where they could be safe from the dangers of the world! They said, “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” (Exodus 14:12) So why is it that people are so willing to give up liberty for security? Is there a better way for people to live in light of life’s uncertainties? Biblically speaking, yes there is!

Notice how people work. If people have “treasure laid up in heaven”, then their ultimate allegiance and sense of security will be there. (Matthew 6:20) Why? Because those who have their trust in Christ, know that no matter what happens to them in this life their reward and treasures cannot be affected. “Jesus is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12) Believers know that there cannot be complete security this side of heaven and therefore shouldn’t be willing to trade liberty for pseudo promises of temporal safety. However, the more we as a culture move away from viewing life from an eternal standpoint the more temporally focused we become. And the more danger we fear over our lives and temporal hopes we have. The more we see people willing to support a leader who promises them full security here, the more you can be sure those people have a temporal view of reality. Why? Because “where your treasure is, there your heart is.” (Matthew 6:21)

The only freedom a people in a nation can retain is for them not to trade their liberty for pseudo-security promises of leaders. And the only way for people to not hope in pseudo-security promises is for them to place their heart’s affections on things that truly last. Put your heart and treasure into Christ and His kingdom to truly know fully liberty! “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

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