Our history professor in college was explaining to us that the people in a country are often looking for what he called, “The Man on Horseback”. Someone who would lead the nation into glory and give us the success and prosperity that we feel we are worthy of (he did not actually say all that, but that is what I understood was being implied - right or wrong).
One leader jokingly told us that one of the hardest things about being a leader is trying to determine if the people are following you, or chasing you. A First Nations chief told me that as a leader you are going to hurt people, and that it is unavoidable. You have to make decisions which will hurt some and be pleasing to others.
The great concern we should have regarding our leaders is – where is he/she leading the nation? Regardless of how charming or promising they are sounding, we should be keenly aware of where they are taking us? To some they may appear to come “Riding on Horseback” and who will produce all the goodies we feel we ‘rightly’ deserve. But what will be the price? Dear friends, in an unstable world, where social values and morals are continually being challenged or cast aside, and where people and even nations are becoming increasingly unstable, we need to, now more than ever, keep a watchful eye on the direction of our own lives and on our nation. The Bible teaches us to pray for our leaders so that we can live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
At eighteen years old I settled it in my life which Leader I choose to follow. Unlike other leaders, He came in riding on a donkey. He did not come to conquer or kick out the oppressors, to punish the wrongdoers, or to overthrow the corrupt leaders. He did not come preaching defiance, rebellion, or conquest. He came to bring healing, forgiveness, repentance, reconciliation, truth, and love… love for God, and love for one another. Then He laid down His life in payment for our sins and rose up from the dead three days later – Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God. If not only our leaders, but we ourselves followed such a Leader, what would our nation be like?