Back to Reach • Devotion 4

Dinesh D’Souza
Dr. Randy Johnson

Dinesh D’Souza is a political commentator from India who now lives in the United States. He is a well-known debater concerning politics and Christianity. Coming to America for college, he made an interesting observation, “Christianity enhanced the notion of political and social accountability by providing a new model: that of servant leadership. In ancient Greece and Rome no one would have dreamed of considering political leaders anyone’s servants. The job of the leader was to lead. But Christ invented the notion that the way to lead is by serving the needs of others, especially those who are the most needy. Mark 10:43 quotes Christ: ‘Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant...for even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.’”  

He noticed our country spoke of servanthood and not political power. We have a country that often refers to those in authority as public servants.

Romans chapter 13 starts by saying, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” We are reminded that our governing authorities are established by God. Verse 4 adds, “For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” In this verse, our governing authorities are referred to as “God’s servant” and as the “servant of God.”

The most inspirational example of servant leadership is seen in Jesus Christ. In John chapter 13, after washing the disciples’ feet, He says, “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, ‘Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (verses 12-15).

If you are in a position of authority, lead by serving. It was commanded by Jesus in word and deed.

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