Bad leadership “leads”, rules by two primary tactics – instilling fear through a bullying rage about all manner of things (roaring) and through fiercely attacking (charging) others. And let’s face it – these tactics are effective. It is why they persist. They get people to cower and run. And it is wicked. How opposite of our Christ.
Talk show hosts “lead” by raging for hours on end. Hoping to instill enough fear in folks to get a reaction. A reaction which translates into ratings more than any real action to change things with an eye toward loving others.
Politicians charge one another endlessly. They rage about the opposition. The demonize everyone who disagrees. They think they lead by making you angry at or afraid of – the other side.
It happens in our pulpits too. Rather than point others to Christ, preachers and teachers can spend their hours raging against the Devil, or the World or the Flesh, and driving people through fear. Such a form of spiritual bullying is reprehensible in the highest. It is one thing to point out truth, and quite another to try to manipulate through raging and charging.
And it happens in our homes. Fathers roar at their kids. Husbands at their wives. And some wives in return. We seek power over the other by our roaring and charging. We hit them where they are weak – and trample on them and then congratulate ourselves for being “real” men – leaders.
And then we are reminded of our Savior. He led by going. He was on His way to die. And He called others to come and follow. But as would be prophesied of Him: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.” (Isaiah 42:1–4, ESV)
He did not rage at others to control them – but in the Spirit of His Father He said: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, ESV)
Like a Shepherd He lead us. Not like a bully. Not like a fear monger. Not wickedly. He leads us in gentleness and truth. Beside still waters. He restores our souls – He does not rage at them. How unlike the World.
What a Savior!