Choosing A Leader

“For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest
set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain
elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:”  Titus 1:5.

Any organization that consists of two or more people requires there to be a leader. That person must have the ability to make decisions for the general good of the group. A leader must have certain characteristics that must exist. Some have a given talent to command men – while others must acquire the capacity to move people. In short, some have it; and some never will be able to move people.

Every so often in the United States, we either elect or appoint people to positions of power. Unfortunately, there has been a drought of people who have the capacity to move people.

Often times, qualified individuals will not put themselves into the fray not so much of fear for themselves; but they do not want their children, or wife or friends to be subjected to the invasion of their lives and privacy.  Physical violence also plays a part of the determination to enter the area of public scrutiny.

Once they enter a political race – there are no bounds of decency practiced.

No one can stop the flood of words that are spread by ignorant people who are as one person has said “all talk”. One person has commented, “Talk is cheap, whiskey costs money”. This is part of the process, when a person seeks a political office.

Most Protestants of my acquaintance have almost no knowledge or understanding of the Old Testament. One will hear such remarks that we only use the New Testament now.  Or the Old Testament no longer applies to our day and time. Both of these comments merely illustrate their ignorance and lack of education.

What Christians do not understand is that God has made a covenant with mankind that when broken –  produces a series of events that hurt people, groups and nations.

Leaders must be chosen with care, concern and cautiousness.  Do not ever expect this to be the method that is used to put a leader in place. Of course not! It will never be otherwise. The Christian must pray to Jehovah, our God, that his plan for this event will follow the plan that God has proclaimed.

The ancient Jews (after Solomon), had a good king; who would be followed by an evil monarchy – until evil was a part of Israel and Jehovah’s political moral and social fabric. Finally, invaders destroyed both kingdoms and the natural result was slavery. Leadership was not present and no person could contain the final outcome; which was destruction of two nations. Actually, we are in throes of self-destruction because no leader has arisen to thwart the basic problems of our nation.

The following are a list of a few signs of corruption:

• Broken marriage vows,
• Enormous thefts by banks,
• Huge debts locally, states and nationally,
• Buying politicians,
• Huge military establishment over the world
• Falling church attendance.

There has been no leadership that condemns these actions.

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CREDIT: OpenChurch.com

In Judges 9:8-15, there is told a story that illustrates what has been known by all people who look at leaders. It would be very wise to read this comment again and again.

A summary of this is that the tree came and asked various trees to be the king over them. First, it was the olive tree; but the olive tree refused. Second it was suggested the fig tree would be an excellent candidate; but the fig tree said, “No!” –  also. Third the vine was given the opportunity to be a ruler over all of the other trees but the answer was the same (“No.”). Notice that all three of these bear fruit for the benefit of others.

Finally, the offer was made to the bramble. This was a worthless plant. Here is what Judges 9:14-15 states:

“Then said all the trees unto the bramble,
come thou, and reign over us.
And the bramble said unto the trees, if in truth
ye anoint me king over you, then come and put
your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come
out of the bramble, and devour the Cedars of Lebanon.”

This describes what politicians are like.  Present-day politicians protect themselves with guns and the I.R.S.!  Like it or not – this is the way it is.

CHURCH THEN AND NOW

Paul understood the nature of men when it came to leadership. The personalities of people have not changed since his writing of the book of Titus till this very time. Titus was a Greek that had been commissioned to go to various places to see that the new converts were following God’s Will. Leadership is vital to the success of the growth of fellow Christians.

When the Apostle wrote in all the letters we know about first proclaimed who he was by acknowledging he was a follower of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Contrast this to the remarks supposed followers today who will often state these beliefs are private. This is the fault of the leadership of the ones who parade around in robes.

The only valued reason to be a Christian is believing in eternal life for we who embrace His Son Jesus. The Apostle brings this out in Titus 1:1-2.

“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
according to the faith of God’s elect, and the
acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
In hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie,
Promised before the world began.”

This issue was determined before the world set out in Genesis 1:1.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void: and darkness
was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God
moved upon the face of the waters.”

This latter statement is a great mystery for anyone who reads the verse. The plan was to have Jesus come, suffer, die and ascend from the grave before the world was created. So much of what we know leaves us with wonderment. The issue is always the same. Why? What Christians must say is, “This is the way it is.”

SPEAKING

In Titus 1:3, Paul states clearly that preaching is the way this generation then and now, will hear about our savior.

“But hath in due times manifested his word through
preaching, which is committed unto me according to
the commandment of God our Saviour.”

This is the reason we must have men and women to proclaim clearly and consciously the Gospel.

When church speakers start debating the truth of the Gospel – leave at once. They are only the liars and money seekers wanting to build their own empires.

The issue then is, how do you find the truth? One must have knowledge what is written in his word. Do not let someone give you a series of answers that are not based on the Bible.

If you are attending some progressive, liberal, socialist church that follows a political system, then leave as quickly as possible. One criteria – but not the only one is to see if one of the major teachings is evangelization. This tells us what the thought pattern is. It is here that Paul was sending out Titus to Crete. One can read this in Titus 1:4-5.

“To Titus, mine own son after the common faith:
grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
For this cause left I thee in Crete that though shouldest
set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain
elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.”


To evangelize is a sign of commitment.


BISHOP

One of the places where leadership was encouraged was from the Pastors. These were always men. In the New Testament, there were no women elders. This is the responsibility of the men. This does not mean women cannot pray, serve in other ways or sing  …   during World War II, some congregations had a shortage of men who could serve. Thus, the women filled in.
Here is a list as set out by Paul in Titus 1:7-9.

• Blameless
• Steward of God
• Not self-willed
• Not quickly angry
• Not given to wine
• Not a fighter
• Not greedy for money
• Enjoys hospitality with others
• Likes good men
• Sober – thought provoking
• Seeks justice
• Close to God
• Self-controlled
• Faithfull to God
Seeks to convince others

This list could be used as a comparison to our economic and political leaders. The plan has been set for the church as well as other leaders. The standard has been set for the church as well as other leaders.

Talk is cheap. Paul said the Jews talk too much so be careful of these people. He was a Jew so he knew them well. Have these people changed in the centuries since Paul?  Titus 1:10-11 sets this out.

“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,
specially they of the circumcision:
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole
houses, teaching things which they ought not, for
filthy lucre’s sake.”

There are people who claim to know God but in fact do not. Do not let people make remarks that should be challenged. This is what Titus 1:13-14 so states:

“This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply,
that they may be sound in the faith;
not given heed to Jewish fables, and commandments
of men, that turn from the truth.”

Do not allow slights to go without a rebuke. If not attacked, you have upheld a wrong.

Beware of people who say they know God but their actions show this to be a lie. This is like a person who states he or she does not believe in socialism – yet participates in the following:

Medicare
• Medicaid
• Public schools
• Social security
• Free university training
• Welfare care without God
• Income tax for silly programs.

In Titus 1:16, Paul lays out the truth.

“They profess that they know God, but in works they
deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and
unto every good work reprobate.”

The advice given to Titus was very simple.

KEEP THE FAITH!

LEAD ON, O KING ETERNAL

“Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong;
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin’s fierce war shall cease,
And holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace.
For not with swords’ loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums;
With deeds of love and mercy
The heavenly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears,
For gladness breaks like morning
Where’er Thy face appears.
Thy cross is lifted over us,
We journey in its light;
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.”

 

Gerald K. Fugit
www.diggingoldwells.com
April 3, 2016

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