Monday, 29 September 2014

The perfect leader

“Forget democracy, let’s create a supreme leader.  I vote that we need a genetically engineered benevolent dictator”.  

Those are not my words, but the satirical writings of a Journalist, tiring of the recent ‘dirty politics’, Dot Com, et al.  And with one million eligible voters declining to use their democratic right last weekend, you would have to say there are many who agree with him.  It was a humorous read, but there is a serious here message too.  Even a democracy can end up as nasty as a dictatorship with power hungry leaders, and either system could work if you had perfect benevolent leaders or one perfect leader.  

Ah, now there’s a thought that resonates with every heart – if only there was one perfect leader you could utterly trust with everything, and somehow they had the ability to work absolutely everything for everyone, for the perfect good.  Well, I believe that perfect leader is coming. For a child has been born--for us! the gift of a son--for us! He'll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.” 

Never let it be forgotten that we are living in a world that has cast out its King, Jesus Christ.  We are the direct descendants of those who joined to declare, “We will not have this Man to reign over us!” The heavens have received that King for a time, but while he is hidden from our eyes, this Living One is being made real to all who will believe and receive Him by the Holy Spirit, who is the Administrator of the King in His absence.  You cannot vote for this King, but you do get to choose Him now, or not.  

What will you do?

Stewart Patrick
Leader - Mangapapa Church

Published in the Gisborne Herald Saturday 27 September 2014

Stewart will be known by many for his earlier work with Youth for Christ, and has now been the leader at Mangapapa Church for the last few years.  He leads his church - God's church - with a strong commitment to the word of God as being the truth, and the importance of staying "in the vine".

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