The term, Servant Leadership, is often used as a business principle. In fact, it was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. But I’m not here to talk about business principles. I’m here to talk about what is going on with the leadership of America. When I first heard this term it was in regards to biblical principles. It got me to thinking about what the differences are between today’s leaders and the Founding Fathers. I have come to believe that this is a term that has been around for a lot longer than people realize. In fact, this is a biblical principle that Jesus himself clearly was an example of. In the Book of John we are given an example of this principle.
John 13:1-17 (NKJV)
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” 8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
The Founding Fathers knew of this principle. They also knew of another principle that existed. Not just in their time, but one that existed for thousands of years before them. It was a principle of tyranny. That is the very principle that they came to America to get away from. Unfortunately this is a principle that continues to exist today. It is a principle that has killed millions of people. This principle was used from the time of the Pharos on up to the time of Hitler, Mao Tse-tung, Lenin and Stalin. Hitler and his followers were responsible for over 20 million death. Between the years 1949 and 1987, China’s communists, led by Mao Zedong and his successors, murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 76 million Chinese. And not to be out done between 1917 and 1987 Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and their successors murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 62 million of their own people. And before them there were untold millions of people killed by the same kind of leaders who never understood nor sought to understand the principle of servant leadership. This is the history of mankind. Evil men and women doing evil things for their own self-seeking agenda! That is exactly what the Founding Fathers knew would happen if the government that they set out to establish was set up without the tools to stop it from happening. And exactly why the Constitution begins with the words, We The People. Those words are essential to the establishment of a government that is run by servant leadership. But there is another principle that must come along side of that statement, We The People. And it is a biblical principle. It is called Biblical Law. Simply put, it is called the Ten Commandments. But because law seems so difficult for man to understand Jesus simplified them into two.
Matthew 22:36-40 (NKJV)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
People just do not realize just how important verse 40 is. It tells us not only how important these two commandments are but it also tells us that without them, We The People means absolutely nothing. And that is why the elitist of this world are working so hard to discredit the bible. And this is the difference between so many of the leaders of today and the Founding Fathers. People today want to ridicule the Founding Fathers because they owned slaves. But throughout history slavery has existed. And thank God it is outlawed today in America. But I will not get into an argument with anyone who wants to scream racism while turning their backs on the slavery that exist in many countries today. That is an argument for another time. The point I am making here is that the Founding Fathers believed that it is the government that should be serving the needs of the people and not the other way around. But somewhere along the way things got turned around. And today we have politicians who believe that the people are the servants. And that they are the masters. The bible tells us that you have made yourself a slave to whomever you have given your heart.
Romans 6:16 (NKJV)
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
This is just what we are seeing today. Politicians giving themselves to the highest bidder. And not just politicians. The news media is as deeply involved with them in giving themselves over to their global elitist masters. Who in turn have given themselves over to another master. It is not going to end well for them. Proverbs 1 is one of my favorite chapters in the bible. It is in itself very prophetic as well as enlightening. It is also a warning. One in which no one escapes. No matter how much money you have, you cannot buy your way into heaven. No matter what you status in life is, it means nothing to God. And no matter if you join forces with one another to justify your ways, there is no justification for evil.
Proverbs 1 (NKJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; 4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; 9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse”— 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners. 20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: 22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. 23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. 28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. 31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
This chapter is being played out right before our eyes today with the Democratic Party doing everything it can to overturn the 2016 election of Donald Trump. With their co-conspirators in the news and social media they are plotting how to subvert the Constitution so they can remove him from office. They are joined by career bureaucrats that are entrenched in the government and have decided they know better than the American people who should be President. They have forgotten and ignored the principle of servant leadership. And as it says in Proverbs 1 they have joined forces not only for the purpose of doing evil, but to justify their actions. How many of you know the story of Lucifer. He was one of Gods angels and led a rebellion against God. That rebellion cost him and a third of the angels their place in heaven. They were banished for what they did. Since that time Lucifer has been on a crusade to turn all of mankind against God. And mankind is doing just that. We have gone from leaders who have considered themselves servants to leaders who will do anything to seize power and enslave those who they consider themselves masters of. But it is not for themselves that they are trying to seize power for. It is for the global elitist that they have sold their souls to. And the global elitist are not trying to seize power for themselves. It is for their master who they have sold their souls to. That would be Lucifer who once was a servant leader himself.
Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV)
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
A statement by George Washington in his farewell address shows just how well the Founding Fathers understood the hearts of man.
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
He and every other Founding Father knew all too well that without restraints the future leaders of this nation would no longer consider themselves to be servant leaders but masters. Those restraints being the Constitution and the other being biblical principles. They knew that although the Constitution was the document that set forth the guiding principles by which laws are passed in America that it must also be tied to biblical principles. And without those biblical principles the very men and women that George Washington was talking about would do what they could to subvert the Constitution. Because if you do not care about biblical principles why would you care about the Constitution. In doing this they no longer consider themselves servant leaders but masters. But they have made themselves slaves to their master who is using them in an attempt to try to re-enter the place that he was kicked out of. But there is only one place he and his followers will be spending eternity and it is not in heaven.
One last note on this! I found it interesting that the Democrats were doing three things during the final campaign appeals of the impeachment hearing. As each of them stepped up to give their final speech before the vote many of them tried using the Constitution for justifying their vote. Many of them tried invoking God to justify their vote. And many of them tried to use their children and grandchildren to justify their votes. Lets deal with them one at a time. First off, neither of these articles of impeachment that they cited are in the Constitution. I cited earlier a quote From George Washington. He was not the only servant leader to make such statements. Many of these statements address both the Constitution and biblical principles.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
JOHN ADAMS, Signer of the Declaration of Independence; One of Two Signers of the Bill of Rights; Second President of the United States [John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Frances Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1854), Vol. IX, p. 229, to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts on October 11, 1798.]
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Signer and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence; Third President of the United States [Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia(Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1794), Query XVIII, pp. 236-237.]
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander-in-Chief in the American Revolution; Signer of the Constitution; First President of the United States [Washington, Writings (1932), Vol. XI, pp. 342-343, General Orders of May 2, 1778.]
“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”
JAMES MADISON, Signer of the Constitution; Fourth President of the United States [James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance Presented to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia at their Session in 1785 in Consequence of a Bill Brought into that Assembly for the Establishment of Religion (Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1786), p. 4.]
“Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? – that it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? – that it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, Statesman; Diplomat; Sixth President of the United States, [John Quincy Adams, An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at Their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), pp. 5-6.]
“Righteousness alone can exalt [America] as a nation. Reader! Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others…[T]he great pillars of all government and of social life: I mean virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”
PATRICK HENRY, Patriot and Statesman [Henry, Correspondence, Vol. II, p. 592, to Archibald Blair on January 8, 1799.]
As for those who chose to use their children and grandchildren for their political agenda God had this to say.
6 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
I have no doubt that each of these law makers love their children but their hurt feelings about Donald Trump beating their modern day Jezebel in 2016 have led them down a path to the destruction of this nation and has blinded them to all common since. And their quest for power will lead then to their own destruction.