In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. – Judges 21:25
This statement is repeated one other time in the book of Judges, and it reflects a lack of moral leadership among God’s people. God certainly wanted Israel to seek Him both personally and corporately, but those charged with spiritual leadership had apparently abdicated their role.
Someone once said that everything rises and falls on leadership. While such broad, sweeping statements are not always true, there is certainly some historical justification for this one. Many organizations have failed due a leadership “vacancy.” It has also been said that while anything with no head is dead, something with two heads is a monster. Most organizations need at least one strong leader in order to survive, but two can produce unnecessary conflict.
While Christ is the single Head of His church, pastors/bishops/elders were appointed in the early church to lead every local expression. In order to be healthy, churches need godly leadership as much as a home needs a godly husband and father. Where one may be found, God should be thanked and praised. Where one is needed, pray, and patiently wait for God’s man.
We need a baptism of clear seeing. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist, Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation. And if they do come, we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy. – A.W. Tozer