The biggest problem in America today is not economic, political, social, or racial. Our greatest threat is not terrorism, the collapse of our health care system, or reliance on foreign oil. America's greatest need is better leadership.
America is crumbling because of a lack of wise leadership at every level—a lack of moral leadership in our government, poor educational leadership, corrupt economic leadership, greedy health care leadership, inept business leadership, and complacent religious leadership.
King Solomon poignantly made this point in Proverbs 11:14, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety.” (NLT) The stability and success of a nation depends on the quality of its leaders.
The most pressing need in America today is for better leaders to rise up with the moral authority that comes from personal integrity and lead our nation back in the right direction. We need visionary leaders who can cast a vision for a better future for our nation and back up that vision with courage, honesty, dedication, and hard work.
Who are these leaders and where are they going to come from? Well, you could be one of them. Who me? Yes you! Great leaders in history have often risen from places of obscurity to be the agents of change their cultures so desperately needed at that moment in time.
Who would have thought a peasant girl named Joan of Arc would lead the French army to several critical victories during the Hundred Years’ War that eventually lead to the coronation of Charles VII, a turning point in French history?
Who would have guessed that a man who had failed at nearly everything he had ever tired would go on to become the 16th President of America and the man most responsible for the end of slavery in America? Abraham Lincoln did not have the mythical “greatness” gene. Nothing came easy for him. He would never have been picked “the most likely to succeed. And yet he is one of the greatest leaders ever to grace the canvas of history.
No one could have ever predicted that a Jewish orphan girl named Esther would become the Queen of Persia and save the Jewish race from complete extinction in the 5th century B.C. Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai after her parents died. She lived in Persia, where the Jewish people had been carried away as captives.
Mordecai said to Esther 4:14, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther seized her moment of destiny and made her mark on history.
I believe that you were “born for such a time as this” as well! You could be one of the leaders that God raises up during one of the most critical moments in America’s history to change the course of a nation. God is looking for a leader like you who has the courage to reject the status quo and fight for the change you want to see in the world.
Will you rise up and be the change our nation so desperately needs? I’m betting you will!
- Brian Alarid is the Lead Pastor of Passion Church and President of Passion Leadership College. He has a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and a Bachelor's degree in Theology. Brian has been married to Mercy for 16years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.