The spiritual definition of leadership is the visionary ability of an individual to take others where they have not been spiritually and morally; and to do so in love and service, in Jesus’s name. This, in and of itself, is a monumental spiritual undertaking. For after all, social democracy requires a team-building leadership mentality, and there is no “I” in the concept team. Unfortunately, too many “so-called-leaders” are victimized by the “personal-pronoun-disease”. And, partisan politics cannot alter this divisive reality. A team building social democracy approach lends itself to positive compromise.
There is the past-moment, present moment, and future moment. Everything in the past is under the Blood of Jesus Christ. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10). We live and have our being in the present-moment. And, it is the “now-ness” of it all, and of course, we must share it all one with another. Without a doubt, the future belongs to God. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 5: 37). There is no future in “casting-out”, because “casting-out” represents death.
Therefore, we can only learn from the past, because we live and have our being in the now, and have eternal hope for the future (our children). Indeed, our children are our future, as well as, a heritage from God. We have been taught and spiritually understand, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). All Americans should stand-up and hold-fast to the basic spiritual tenets of our social democracy, because we know that there is a higher reality to our very existence. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6: 19). Hence, denying any immigrant the opportunity to come to America based upon religious doctrine is to deny the righteousness of God and one’s own self.
Non-spiritual-minded leaders can always concoct a “Kool-Aid-Drink”, and ask the American public to drink of this, and it will set them free. And, of course, some individuals will be tempted to drink, and others will drink the Kool-Aid. There will always be some individuals who will desire power, money, political influence, and privilege for the few, but not for all. THANK GOD, America was founded by the people, of the people, and for the people. Get ready, people, the train is coming. Get on board with three fruits of the SPIRIT, and sound spiritual-political-doctrine: Love, Joy, and Peace. We are a democratic country of immigrants of all nationalities, and “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Jesus said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 15: 15-16). As Americans, we should be embracing the Great Commission of Jesus, and speaking boldly what is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. All Christians know and understand “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal. The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2: 19). Christ is a spiritual title that means righteousness.
America is on the brink of political leadership disaster. We are caught in a political disastrous quagmire that will invariably bring America to her knees. Money is not God, and the negative use of power is not of God. Negative leadership mentalities diminish the moral fabric of a nation. For, every God-fearing individual knows that “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14: 34).
All Americans need to pray for righteous leadership in order that, we can embrace a culturally inclusive America, because out of one blood God created all nations. Leadership should set the example that we as American citizens can talk and walk in it. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” (1 Peter 2: 21). Therefore, a leader knows that he should: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5). A leader, who thinks before speaking understands the new commandment of Jesus: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another.” (John 13: 34). Good leadership is not about saying what one thinks, but what one knows in God. “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15: 5-7).
The following are some positive principles regarding leadership mentality:
A spiritual leader thinks before speaking. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23: 7). And, of course, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1).
A good leader stresses the positive rather than the negative, because it is just as easy, but positive is godlike, and negative is devilish. A good leader even when he deals with the negative he deals with it in a positive manner.
In conclusion, the American people deserve a leadership mentality that brings forth the best in us, not the worst, because it has been proven that our democratic system of governance is the best despite its flaws. Fellow Americans, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 5-7).