THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
LOOKING TO GOD’S ANOINTED - 2
The unfortunate reality in Christian communities is that there
will always be those brethren, including leaders, who will
oppose those in leadership over them. At times such opposition
will be severe. At times it will be in the face of the good
that a leader actually does. Jesus was not exempt from this.
Some criticized his driving out a demon. “By the power
of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”
do people do that to their leaders? It can be a variety of
reasons--envy, ambition, blindness, having been hurt by that
leader, feeling unappreciated, insisting on a contrary vision.
Now when that leader is doing well, the frustration of those
who oppose him grows. Thus, even as he does good, they find
something to criticize in the good he does. They may become
more desperate in trying to bring him down.
our own situation. Our mission is threefold: evangelization,
family renewal and work with the poor. But our work with the
poor then, GK, was pushed to the point of downgrading evangelization
and removing Christ from the picture. Because of that, CFC
eventually split. Those who push their own agenda are willing
to divide and lay waste the community to achieve their ends.
Now there are those who insist on family renewal to the point
of downgrading evangelization. The irony of both these postures
is that evangelization is the very foundation of the other
two. Without massive evangelization, both family renewal and
work with the poor cannot ultimately work. Those who want
to focus on these two to the detriment of evangelization actually
weaken the overall work.
work is weakened, and so is the body. “Every kingdom
divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall
against house.” (Lk 11:17). The persistent assault on
the leadership, even as good is accomplished, can cause the
body to fall and to fail.
there is a need to support community leadership (that is,
if they are not doing bad). As Jesus says, “Whoever
is not with me is against me” (Lk 11:23a). The whole
body needs to be united in vision and mission. If there are
those who are not, and who work to undermine the leadership,
then they would be working against the body and ultimately
against Christ. Those who dissent need to look to the good
that is being done and not lose their focus. They must not
be like the Israelites who quarreled with God. “There
your ancestors tested me; they tried me though they had seen
my works.” (Ps 95:9).
dissenters persist, then they must take responsibility for
the harm that they would cause to the body and its mission.
In satisfying their own position, they cause disunity and
disturbance. They not only no longer contribute to the mission
of the body, but they end up adversely affecting its work.
As Jesus says, “whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
is important for all to listen to God and to obey. “Listen
to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people.
Walk exactly in the way I command you, so that you may prosper.”
(Jer 7:23). How do we hear God and obey what He says? God
speaks through His appointed (and hopefully anointed) leaders.
We must not be like the Israelites in their action toward
God. “But they did not listen to me, nor did they pay
attention. They walked in the stubbornness of their evil hearts
and turned their backs, not their faces, to me.” (Jer
7:24). We must listen and never turn off our ears. If we do
listen, we must pay attention and seriously consider what
is being said. As we understand what is being said, we do
not become stubborn and stick to our own desires and ways.
And we must never turn our backs on our leaders, no longer
intending to listen, obey or follow.
that today you would hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts”