“Rebels make advance…”, “Assad family rule if Syria…”, “Up to a million flee from Ivory Coast…”, what’s happening across Northern Africa and Arab States?
What changing times we are in once again, some of us are not too old to recall when a wind of change blew across Eastern Europe and walls fell, now we see the cracks in other walls. First Egypt, then Tunisia, now Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and now Libya, which fills our news, screens and papers.A couple of weeks ago two teenage sisters marched across a stretch of no mans land in central Bahrain with a national flag and a flower to lay at the feet of the police and army, directly following their walk, they were captured in TV interviews in floods of tears declaring that they would die for freedom sake, O lord help us!Commentators shout it’s all about “…OIL…” I am not here to comment on political standpoints or take up arguments better fought by intellectuals, or argue in political circles, who am I to even tread in these arenas? What ever the cause or reason we see now, we are yet to see what history will say?I know that the unrest is not localised to Northern Africa or Arab States when we see riots in Athens or riots in Brussels or even in the UK student protest, finance cuts protest on the streets of London. Yet as a follower of Christ we are to be those who can give insight and interpretation to all that is happening.We have graduated in the church, the called out people of God, to realise that the Holy Spirit does not restrict himself to moving in the church alone only, but moves in the earth, better thought in creation as the “…. earth is the Lords…”. We as people have realised and discovered that the secular/spiritual divide is not one that can be found within the scriptures or in Gods economy, discovering that its is more a product of a “modernist’ thinking rather than a God established way.In considering what we see happening, how do we read it? Let me suggest one issue that has to be dealt with that I see common to all the upheaval today highlighted in Northern Africa and Arab States. All the upheaval is in areas where there are regimes in power, where dictators have been sitting for many years, single head leadership. Any regime, single head leadership worldwide better take note that there is a movement to remove that very system.In the light of this very thought let me say it in simple terms, where single head leadership is in place the Spirit is moving to change, adjust and de-throne them. The implication of this is that wherever single head leadership is established within the church, be aware the Spirit is transforming in creation. The hierarchy of church leadership is under scrutiny!Be aware that there is a need of transformation in our leadership in line with a people move to bring about the headship of Christ back to the church. The days of hierarchy are certainly coming to an end, we will find a new form of leadership that serves the body, as a company of people who know how to take lead from the leading of the Holy Spirit.There is a move of the Spirit in the cosmos to bring about a suitable administration to these end days in which we live. Be careful if you are the leadership, and you decide upon all that goes on in the church becoming the single leader or even the only one who controls the money, there is A Spirit move on to bring about a leadership that is commensurate to the Christ and his purpose. Let us be those who engage with the Spirit and influence transformation, that God might be at home in his body todayConsider our leadership, that it truly displays the Christ like servant leadership in every way, that it enables the advance of the “FAMILY of God” the church, that we practice a new form of leadership that affects the worlds of business, governments, etc. Let us be a servant leadership to produce a servant family of God as we listen to the Spirits move!