As I write this, our new prime minister, Boris Johnson, is travelling around the UK endeavouring to promote his policies, and to whip up enthusiasm for togetherness in a post-Brexit era. He has an unenviable task, and what seems to be an impossible mission. The concept of togetherness, i.e., working together for a better Britain cannot be faulted; for every citizen wants to improve their prospects and the prospects of generations to come.
There are many worthy causes worth fighting for, such as a low carbon economy that respects the world’s ecosystems, and one that helps those who are less well-off, the needy and those who are unable to help themselves.
Finding a leader who can inspire, guide and safeguard our land has always been a problem.
There are exceptional, talented, and gifted people in politics, but those qualities are insufficient. People will get behind a leader who clearly has their interests at heart; one who understands their situations and one who not only empathises with them, but who is able to fight on their behalf, and to bring about changes for the better.
Moral and ethical considerations in political leadership are important; I would say they are more important than any other qualities of leadership.
Our new leader would do well to consider the state of the nation’s mindset, and ask if it is on the right course for achieving unity, and togetherness. The prosperity a leader should seek is not an amassing of riches and possessions, but a prosperity measured by the inward contentment of its citizens (Philippians 4:11, 12), a satisfaction gained from healthful living (1 Timothy 4:8), respect for others (Titus 3:2), compassion (1 Peter 3:8), harmony, cooperation and the seeking of good for others (Titus 2:7).
Jesus, the Leader
When you consider the great leaders of history, none of them are comparable to the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:9). He has influenced and changed countless millions by His personal example of humility and service (Cf. 2 Corinthians 10:1). He turned the tables upside down. The whole of the world’s values have been shown by Him to be worthless (Cf. 1 John 2:15). The only thing that counts is being united in Him. Only He can bring peace (John 14:27) and prosperity (10:10) – not worldly peace and so-called material prosperity, but His peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) and a peace that brings to His followers the perfection found in Him (Hebrews 5:9). Their prosperity is in the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7), the experience of His love (John 15:9. 10), forgiveness and mercy.
All who follow Him have a sure future (Hebrews 6:19), a future in the real ‘land of hope and glory’; a future of inexpressible, eternal joy. Citizens of His kingdom will reign (2 Timothy 2:12) with Him for evermore.