Follow the Leader // John 19
Jesus was such a rebel.
You know what makes that fact even cooler, though? He spoke the truth. Always. So all of the cool, rebellious stuff He said was not only high-five-worthy, but also RIGHT.
What's so great (and applicable) about this particular verse right now though is that there are a lot of political changes in progress, not the least of which are Britain's leaving the EU, and America's upcoming election. (While I have my opinions about the Presidential candidates, I have no desire to share them with you here. Suffice it to say though that I think this verse is a good one to keep in our back pockets over the course of the next 4+ years.)
As for leaders of any variety, whether they're the leader of a nation, of a company, a school, a community club, a Facebook group, etc., they are there to serve a purpose, and somehow you need find it within you to submit to their authority if you want to be a part of the "tribe" they're leading.
I'll never tell you to roll over and accept wrong as right. I'll never tell you that all leaders are good, or even that you should always trust your leaders. I'll never tell you that all leaders make the right choices all of the time.
Leaders in and of the world are human. They're going to mess up. Some of them will mess up in huge ways and we'll all wonder how they ever became a leader in the first place.
I'm not saying you should submit to the authority of a leader "just because they're a leader." What I am saying though is to trust God in the process.
Trust God and His mysterious ways.
Trust that He's got a purpose and a use for each leader put in power, no matter how good or bad they may be.
Pray for your leaders.
And if you ever find in your life an opportunity to make a great difference, be the leader you'd want to follow.