Leaders: Bring Peace—Not Fear
There is so much to say and do in response to the horrific events of this week. There are no simple answers or quick fixes to the struggles that face America. But I do want to quickly encourage and challenge the young Christian leaders around our nation to use their social media voice to bring peace and not fear.
Use your influence to bring peace in difficult times.
In an effort to empathize I’ve seen far too many young leaders of all ethnicity posting about feeling hopeless or saying, “I’m scared” in a post. That is not the voice of a Godly leader and it’s a reckless use of your influence. Yes, we have truly difficult circumstances that we are facing, but reinforcing the emotions of the crowd will not lead to peace. Don’t post for social response.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
If you’re a leader in this nation, use that platform to speak hope into the heart of this nation. Call people’s attention back to the sure and constant word of God, and call people to walk out their life based on those sound principles.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” –Joshua 24:15
In difficult times Godly Leaders:
- Remain steady.
- Point people to trust in God.
- Think before they speak/post.
- Give clear direction.
- Highlight wisdom.
- Build faith not fear.
In the middle of chaos, leaders bring peace and stability. Let’s be that voice of stability that our country desperately needs rather than perpetuating the hopelessness.
Begin by praying God’s will to be done in this nation and then lead others to pray, this is the primary and foundational step to true peace in America.
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
—2 Chronicles 7:14