We’ve recently had a number of “men behaving badly” incidents. These include:
- French junior minister Georges Tron has resigned after being accused of sexually harassing staff at the town hall where he is mayor
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape a chamber maid in a swanky New York hotel;
- 63-year-old former California governor and action star Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years after it was disclosed that he fathered a now 13-year-old boy with the family’s former housekeeper Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena.
- 24 year old Sammy Wanjiru, a record-shattering Kenyan marathon runner and reigning Olympic champion, died May 15 in Nyahururu, a town about 115 miles north of Nairobi after jumping from the second story of his home when his wife found him in bed with another woman.
- Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlosconi, faces three years in prison if found guilty of paying minors for sex, and from six to twelve years for abuse of power.
What is particularly troubling about these incidents is all of these men were in positions of power, respect and trust and they used their positions to satisfy their own lusts at the expense of others.
The Christian Calling
As Christians, these stories should deeply concern us. We are all in training for positions of power:
Rev. 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Rev. 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Christ will not give these exalted positions of power to people who will abuse them. When his disciples were inquiring about who among them would be greatest, Christ made it clear what He was looking for in His future leaders and how we must be completely different from the leaders in society today:
But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:40-45)
Preparing for Leadership
Yesterday, in his sermon on Preparing for Leadership, Pastor Ramocan made it clear to us that one of the key areas we must be growing in is learning to rule over our spirit. We must get control over our emotions, impulses, and desires. When we have self-control, we will be able to continually sacrifice ourselves for the good of others. When we rule our spirit, we will be able to look after the needs of others instead of using others to gratify our needs.
This message dove-tailed with the Bible Study that was given yesterday morning by Deacon Smith. In this study, Deacon Smith recounted the many examples of Christian martyrs. These men and women had such commitment and self-control that they chose to suffer ignominious deaths rather than recant their faith. If these Christians were self-absorbed and concerned with their own pleasures, they would not be our exemplars nor would they be in God’s coming kingdom. If we are self-absorbed and we don’t learn to “kill” our old man, we will not be exemplars for others nor will we be in God’s coming kingdom.
Rom. 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
A new world is coming. Jesus Christ will be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We will be the kings and lords under Him. No longer will people be abused by those in authority over them. Finally, the world will have leaders who will be true role models.
Jer. 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
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