Forceful men

“Ladies and gentlemen I am officially running for president of the united states and we are going to make our country great again…”

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You may have noticed the American election. The underdog Trump barked his way to the front of the que, out shined an array of ‘more of the same’ politicians and smashed the democratic champion Hillary to pieces. He was deeply despised by the left leaning liberals but many republicans also disliked him, yet there he stood, commander and chief, trophy in hand just like he said he would, and he did it ‘bigly’.

In my previous article ‘when does political correctness become denial of christ’ I mentioned a not to dissimilar leader, Nigel Farage who fought and won a referendum against the odds. These men had the marmite factor, you either love or hate them. Let’s face it, forceful men move things forward, and forceful they must be to achieve the task at hand.

Niceness can attract people but nothing gathers people like power. Powerful men carry the authority to get things done.

A supply of power is channeled through all who are plugged into the King’s agenda as He always resources His will. The authority Christ carried being commissioned by the Father attracted great crowds. And these were not organised rallies backed by millions of dollars. He spoke with his disciples on the mountain top and thousands eavesdropped (Matthew 5:1). “Who gave him such authority?” they asked.

Christiandom is guilty of a type of idolatry that has reduced the Kings of kings into a polite politically correct soft and gentle religious icon. They insist on squeezing our sovereign into a socially acceptable fluffy box of niceness and as a result miss the fundamental forcefulness of his personality. “(Luke 12:51) Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

He came to establish his Kingdom and nothing was going to stop him.

Can we learn something from those who at times are considered obnoxious? The ingredients that makeup forceful men and women come from a deep desire to produce an outcome stirred by a vision they have seen. You can be envisioned by a wrong thing and still be a forceful man, Hitler undoubtedly falls in that category. But it is vision that serves as the driver for forceful men. Apart from vision, there is also the commision. To be commissioned is to be commanded to get something done. Those who take there commision seriously will take personal responsibility to ensure they move things forward, a bit like receiving a baton in a relay race. 

You will sprint your fastest and hardest to ensure the team has every advantage to realise the gold medal.

There are many examples of rags to riches testimonies that speak of forceful men. They grew up with little and the odds stacked up against them. Men with little education, who learned to read, in order to learn something else and from that thing else to make something of themselves and for there future generations. They testify of the great sacrifices and things they had to forgo and disciplines they had to gain to move forward.

Unfortunately it’s plainly obvious that many who profess faith do not demonstrate any of the qualities of forceful men. They may appear ferocious on the facebook feed but would be found wanting in the arena of life. They know they are commissioned but consider it optional. They think of their self and never of the father's burden for his nation.

They are tossed to and fro by the wind of averageness, but reassure themselves they are nice and well liked.

Indeed I have met too many supposed pastors who speak like the here nor there politicians that people have grown weary of. The type that employ maximum creative license to reinterpret scripture into current social norms.

Are you envisioned? Do you feel the burden of commision? Do you realise your King has laid his hand on your head and said “take this or that territory for me, make this or that thing for my people, study A and B to understand this, go here and there to further the cause of the campaign”. It is from seeking first His kingdom; the hunger to realise his authority, law, government, citizenship, and culture on earth as it is in heaven that produces the forceful personality. This dogged determination causes the shedding of certain friends who don’t contribute, it causes friction in families, and carves discipline and self scrutiny. It’s an obsession to see the Kings will realised, it’s an understanding that the cause is bigger than you. You simply can’t afford to be a people pleaser and achieve his mandate, as another forceful man of the Kingdom said:

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)

The harvest is ripe but the labourers are few. I would like to sound a rallying cry this year to awaken the force. I don’t think it’s right we let each other go on being average.

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