(Proverbs 28:16 KJV) The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
As people raised in a country that knows more liberty than any in history we tend to assume that leaders who are not picked by a democratic process are all evil. Most modern Americans don’t know the key difference between a dictator and a tyrant. Dictator is a term used by the Romans for a leader appointed through due process and given absolute powers for a specific period of time. A tyrant usually takes power by force of arms and never gives it up. A dictator can rule well. I have heard it said the the most efficient form of government is a benevolent dictatorship. A tyrant on the other hand used whatever means are necessary to make and keep himself king of the hill.
It is not uncommon for leaders to start out understanding that they are servants of the people and devolve into self-centered minarets. They do not understand the dynamics of leadership although they know how to apply power. They rarely die in their beds.
So? Leadership takes place at many levels from cleaning homes to ruling countries. We all have some type of leadership. Apply the wisdom God has given in yours.
Friday, December 28, 2018
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