The banking crisis, the energy crisis, the inflation crisis, the fight over sanctioned molestation and sexual abuse of our children in public schools, China, Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East are all examples of how a society is undermined because the side in control lacks common sense and refuses to listen to alternative solutions. At some point, which is already here, sides are drawn, heels are dug in, and nobody even wants to listen to solutions that can be applied to meet the challenges ahead. This leaves many wondering what it will take to snap people back into reality. Still many ask over and over again what they can do because they feel helpless to stand in the gap. Don’t be discouraged, listen up!
It starts with prayer. The main reason our world and our nation is in the poor shape it’s in is found in the absence of God. Those pushing immoral and nonsensical solutions that result in disaster do not have Christ, otherwise the Holy Spirit would guide them to their senses. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5 that we should put on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of hope of salvation and live together with Christ, whether awake or sleep. Verses 14-17 say, “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.”
This is how we are to behave, and quite frankly, they are the qualities of leaders. So lead. Remember, as is written in 1 Peter 2:9, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” You, yes you, are a leader and a priest in the holy nation where the high priest and king is Christ. You and I stand for what is right and good and we are empowered by the Creator of the universe to do so. You have the spiritual authority to overcome evil with good. Be as Christ said, the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Darkness cannot overcome light. Go shine.
A Daily Jot reader put it well: “Christ said to love your neighbor as yourself. Listening is one way to do that. It is through listening that we can learn what God may want to use to help us help someone. In the family of God, we are Brothers and Sisters in Christ. True listening can help keep the peace and encourage true life. When we truly listen—it shows that we care about the other person. Whether or not we agree—it communicates evidence of personal interest. That can make a difference in relationships and people being willing to listen to you.” This is a start to influence others with the way of Christ. Pray and listen before expressing your opinion. Pray. Hear. Listen. Act. You can make the difference as a leader and priest in Christ.