Why Leaders Don’t Get Elected (Usually)

It occurs to me that we don’t elect leaders, we elect followers. Leaders don’t change stances with every new poll that is taken Leaders actually take the initiative to go against the grain of popular opinion. In a democracy, popularity is what matters. Whoever gets the most votes wins, thus those who win must constantly be seeking out the will of the majority. Successful politicians are followers who create the illusion that they are leading. What they are actually doing is seeking re-election. Every move is calculated to please/follow the will of the majority and the majority is whoever has the most money to lobby a cause through. It would be nice to have leaders, but leaders, for the most part, don’t get elected. This is why I don’t personally put a lot of stock in elections. We get what we want, not what we need. We can complain all day that a politician has done “this” or “that” but they are following the will of the majority. Leaders don’t get elected and when they start leading then they don’t get re-elected, unless of course where they are leading is where the majority is going. Unfortunately, the majority is almost always wrong. This is why the church must be the voice of God speaking the truth to so called “power”. This is why as a minister of the gospel I will never endorse a candidate and will never talk politics in church. God’s politics are concerned with the minorities who don’t have power; the poor, the disenfranchised, and the outcast…the refugee, the widow, and the orphan. Seeking to help these people is pure religion. The Kingdom of God is “political” not in the sense that it follows the will of the majority, but in the sense that that politics is a term for how a community orders itself. The church is a politic all it’s own. When churches start preaching partisan politics then the church has given up its power and it’s prophetic voice. This is happening too much and thus the church is too often impotent. The world will not be changed by another election, by Caesar’s sword, or by another carnival. The church operates best on the outside doing the hard work of leaders. It seems like the people with power to change things do not lead from a political arena, they change things by lowering themselves and helping the helpless. Those leaders don’t generally win elections because they are called to do unpopular things. Unpopular things don’t win elections…thus we have a broken system.

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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.