Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reliable Leadership - Its Spiritual Source ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reliable Leadership - Its Spiritual Source ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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I remember, as a third grader, visiting my great-grandmother. She had been a girl at the time of the Civil War, and when I recited a poem I'd learned about Abraham Lincoln, I was shocked to hear her criticize him. To me, Lincoln was a hero - the president who ended slavery.

To her, he was a man from Illinois with many flaws. This raises an important point: Time may idealize historic figures, but upon closer inspection, failings among even the best leaders point to the need for a higher sense of leadership.

Today, contentious factions and flawed strategies are arising at national levels, spreading to state and local governments, and playing out in businesses, in clubs and organizations, and in families. This is nothing new. The biblical prophet Isaiah lived at a time of crisis not unlike our own. In fact, several of the same cultures were at war in the 8th century BC.

Terrorism in the Middle East caused Isaiah to proclaim: "The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us" (Isa. 33:22). To me, this is the key to reaching a higher direction for leadership. And the historic record supports it. Isaiah witnessed the miraculous deliverance of Jerusalem from the siege of the Assyrian king. A situation hurtling toward inevitable disaster evaporated, virtually overnight.

So Isaiah got it right when he identified God as the source of reliable leadership. And that's good news, because God is accessible to everyone, in every time and culture, in every situation, at every moment. Whatever nation or organization needs leadership, we can turn to God for guidance. He is as near as our consciousness. When thought is quiet and honestly seeking God, help is at hand. God governs and maintains His creation, moment by moment.

The best leader is the clearest transparency for the authority and government of God. Jesus proved this; his example of unconditional love and his healing ministry lifted him high above any leader the world has ever known. …

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