Bill Clinton’s humility story was strange and I guess to us (me and the children around the neighbourhood) unprecedented… unprecedented apparently because of the realities around, or maybe because children are naturally myopic owing to less exposure. Growing up, however, the sight and perception has changed. Big/rich men do serve God, but the ones with political power?
Like Clinton, there are a number of political top shots genuinely running after God and the works of his vineyard, even so from their top leadership positions. This is way different from having regular church attendance record and offering big financial contributions. Rather, these ones give in their manpower to go with their financial efforts.
Like Barr. Onofiok Luke had stressed while hosting a christian youth group of Qua Iboe Church namely, Nka Edimenere about exactly this day last year, the polity will be more decent and more positive strides achieved if more Godfearing persons aspire and make it to leadership positions.
According to John Oswald Sanders in one of his classic works on spiritual leadership, “authoritative leadership falls on someone who years earlier dedicated themselves to practice the discipline of seeking first the kingdom of God. Then, as that person matures, God confers a leadership role, and the Spirit of God goes to work through him. When God’s searching eye finds a person qualified to lead, God anoints that person with the Holy Spirit and calls him or her to a special ministry/assignment”.
Explicitly, when it comes to leadership, God bestows influence and authority on those who have proven to be faithful stewards of smaller responsibilities. When leaders in this description step into any fold or setting, they are known and differentiated by the positive fruits they bear according to the bible in Matthew chapter 7 verse 20.
When talking about being in a better position to give advice, Onofiok Luke was apparently in such position when he advised the church group on the importance of serving God diligently even when in highly placed positions.
By Ubong Sampson.