• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#6

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

It’s often said in times of war; “remove the heads of the generals and the rest will fall.” The enemy is seen as no different from any other beast or animal, and God hating scientists produce weapons of human destruction. We reap what we sow – take a look at the death toll in the 20th century. There’s a list of multi-millions called “A Shockingly Happy Picture by Excess Deaths” in the book The Devil’s Delusions (Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions); by prolific writer, secular mathematician & scientist David Berlinski. Kill the leader and the rest will follow. In war, very often the Generals may be removed, evil will still press on to destroy the rest.

Here’s another line to ponder, “Florescu was tortured with red-hot pokers and with knives. He was beaten badly…his fourteen-year-old son was brought to the prison and they whipped the boy in front of his father…The Communists, enraged, fell upon the child and beat him to death…” This is the way atheist Soviet Russia dealt with Christian leaders’ pre-fall of the Berlin Wall! (In the book Tortured for Christ – Richard Wurmbrand: pg32) Florescu was a compassionate Pastor of a church.

Be mindful that leaders will come under fire in all sorts of ways. They need support and protection in the best way possible. Sometimes from other church members, which is sadness on its own!

This isn’t news however. It started 2000 years ago, continuing today. Back then we can read, “There was a plot afoot among the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat and stone them.” (Acts 14.5) We still need to be protective of those who are recognised by the community for their selfless, sacrificial servant heart. Look after the ‘generals’ and the rest will follow! Teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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