BEWARE THE LEADERS WHO PLAY TO YOUR BASER MOTIVES
The political and religious leaders take special delight to be over a corrupt generation of people. They remind me of something Paul said to the Romans, saying, “and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:32.
Corrupt and ungodly leaders can only maintain power if the sheep are also corrupted. They pacify and soothe the masses, they give them bread and games, said an ancient Roman author. Today such leaders build stadiums and encourage the people to come to the modern coliseums. And the masses are satisfied and soothed. And there is no shortage of bread being handed out to keep the belly satisfied.
Ungodly leaders have nothing to offer for the soul. What they give the masses is for the belly only. They can never admit there is a soul. Thus they turn to giving bread for the belly. They give delightful noises to soothe the beast, but like King Saul, the harp doesn’t bring the man closer to God. The ungodly political and religious leaders need to keep people spiritually in the dark. The masses must remain carnal. The spiritual man will see through the manipulating ways of ungodly priests and kings. But the carnal man is one who appreciates the outward dress and the outward things of a man. They are impressed by his articulate speech and the outward presentation. But the spiritual man sees the spiritual things and knows that the bread and games are the devil’s tools to control men.
If you are a Christian, beware the leader who gives your flesh what it wants. Instead surround yourself with leaders who call you to a life of service and self-sacrifice. Beware those who make worship a show. This is merely another manifestation of bread and games. Flee from the preacher who shows he spends more time fixing his hair and dressing himself than he spends reading and digging into God’s Word. Beware the one who shows he has more in touch with the things of this world – games, politics, entertainment, money – but he leaves the lingering question if he’s communing regularly with God. Such leaders no matter how polished, know that the polish is being applied to conceal an empty spirit.
Don’t be played by a carnal leader in the land, nor in the church. Draw near to God and get close to those who are close to God.
I say this with humility. Dan Mayfield