However, the truth remains. Trump continues to lead the polls.
7 Marks Of Biblical Leadership
1. Chosen By God. The world chooses their leaders based of a set of skills, experiences, and the level of success a leader has in respect to their position. However, the leader in God’s church is marked by the Holy Spirit – God chooses his leaders (Acts 20:28).
2. High View Of God. The world values a leader who is well educated, broadly informed and has a grand vision and a big dream. But in Isaiah 6, God shows us what he wants in his spiritual leaders, especially those leading the church: a high view of Himself. When Israel was left without their leader of 51 years, hope vanished. To prepare Isaiah to be the leader God designed him to be, God revealed His holiness to him. Only those with a high view of God can lead rightly and submissively to God’s will. How do we know if a leader has a high view of God? Look at his view of scripture – is the word of God authoritative, inerrant, and sufficient? What are his convictions? His doctrine? Most importantly, is he holy?
3. Low View Of Self. The world is seeking a leader who is confident and proud, has a good self-image, and portrays the image of a spartan warrior. The Bible, however, describes the true leader, or shepherd, as one poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3), one who has a low view of himself (1 Timothy 1:15). Only a man who has a high view of God can have a low, and proper, view of self.
4. Always a Christian. Most CEO’s do not put themselves in the shoes of their employees. In Christ’s church, a biblical leader is marked by sainthood – he is a saint (a true follower of Christ) first. A true leader recognizes that he has been set apart to serve Christ FIRST before he is to lead. He is a Christian first, then a leader.
5. Godly Character. Would Donald Trump be someone you want your kids to imitate? The world forgets that what the leader models for a country, or a household or business, that is what their followers become. Biblically, leaders must be worthy of imitation because a leader is saying, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” A leader must be fit to be follow. He must be worthy of being imitated (Hebrews 13:7). Therefore, a biblical leader must be marked by godly character (1 Timothy 3). We must stop looking at the outward appearance of a man and check the heart (1 Samuel 16).
7. Dependence on the Chief Shepherd. Leadership books today talk a lot about having strong and brave leaders. People are looking for a David to slay the Goliaths of their lives. The world wants their leaders to be self-sufficient because only then can people rely on them. Dependency is a weak virtue in the eye of the world. Dependency, however, is the mark of a biblical leader. True leaders, biblical leaders, depend on their savior, the Chief Shepherd, for their strength and wisdom as a leader, for Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:23). Biblical leadership is marked by a fearful submission to Christ (Ephesians 5:21).