Saturday : May 9, 2020
Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
What is the relationship between faith and leadership? Can’t the believer worship in peace without having to pay attention to who is in charge of managing the affairs of an organisation, a territory or nation? That seems to be a good alternative: ‘to set clear boundaries between faith and leadership’. However all indications at present and evidence in scripture points to the assertion that we can’t just draw a line between them.
The impact of leadership on faith is so immense that it should be no surprise that Paul admonished the church to pray for ‘all people in authority’ and we see one reason for this in today’s text. When the Jews realised their frontal attacks with insult were not working, they adopted an alternative- they played power games by taking advantage of people in authority within the community. The result- Paul’s company were dispelled from the city and their message cut short.
Sometimes, the move of God in the life of His children is reduced or accelerated depending on the leadership in place because all that may be required is for these people to declare a proclamation acknowledging God’s authority. We see this in the declaration by King Nebuchadnezzar that no man dare speak against the God of shadrach, meshach and Abednego or even in the words of King Darius, ‘I decree that all men should tremble and fear the God of Daniel (Daniel 3:29, 6:26).
With such proclamations, any believer gains the freedom to profess and express their faith. That is the impact of leadership. So let us not always run away from leadership and politics because a representation of believers are required to advance the matters of God in every sphere. What would have happened if there were believers amongst the rich men and leaders who were consulted?