After spending time watching the first two seasons of the 100 I have to believe that the writer was trying to say something about leadership. There are so many difficult and life altering decisions to be made always with the commentary that that is what it means to be in leadership. Thankfully I will probably never have to decide if someone should be shot out of an airlock so that there would be enough oxygen for the rest, well-I should think, but the point is taken.
The show had very little room for leadership being gentle and compassionate. One leader puts the greater good before any morality. One leader must be strict in order to prevent chaos. One leader betrays for her own. One tries to be good but realizes that it is seen as weakness. One tries to sacrifice but is not allowed. One’s ambition drives him to lead and save lives. One tries to hold onto her humanity despite what the world throws at her. The opposing forces are also just acting on their interests. One tries to push for peace, as war only led to the demise of the earth the first time, but succumbs to the pressure of hopelessness.
Sacrificing for the greater good? This is always good, but the question becomes who do we sacrifice? Now this is a Biblical principle as Jesus himself laid down, but sacrificing others for a purpose, now that isn’t what he was talking about? A common theme is “For our people” we do what we must do for our people, right and wrong tend to fall to the wayside. The correlations begin to further erode when they are at war with one another, but as I said the many points are taken. These two seasons could easily be leadership training.
While the characteristics are present there is an inherit selfishness to the kind of leadership displayed in the show even though it is necessary. Should we go forward or fall back? Should I do this myself or rely on another? Should I follow or should I take the lead? Should I do this deplorable thing because it appears needing to be done? There was a peacemaker in the beginning but he eventually falls to the lord of the flies that they all become. With the moral barometer gone all they could do is the best they can for “our people”. Now the obvious survival aspects of the show causes a break down for us as a picture of Biblical leadership. The world’s leadership question is are you strong/ruthless enough to make the hard decisions? Well some arenas may need that, perhaps in the military? But this kind of leadership shouldn’t darken the door of the church.
A good leader has to make decisions. Not everyone will be happy with the decisions. Not everyone will agree. Being a leader does carry the weight of those under their charge, it does mean taking some flak. But Biblical leadership is servant-hood by example. Biblical leadership says if there is a need to go the airlock, I will be first, not you. A good pastor says what the Bible teaches to the people. As a leader myself I would be remiss and even in danger of judgment if I obfuscated what I am charged to do, even though it will be unpopular with the world and perhaps some in the church. I was thinking about this song in regards to leadership:
Spirit lead where my trust is without boarders,
Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior.
Do you want that? Or is that just some cheesy lyrics that some have decided is a silly sentiment and lightweight spiritually to sing on a Sunday morning? For some reason this song has gotten some flak by some in Christian circles. But the cry here is true. I believe we all want to go deeper with God but perhaps we do not know how and this song resonates with that. This is the cry of someone who has counted the cost and decided they want to be led by God. Anyone who has attempted to live a righteous life has suffered persecution as the Bible teaches. This requires looking to our leader which is Christ. Does our faith in God’s leadership cause us to enter into the boats and ford the waters, or has our lack of going deeper made us think that this song is silly Christian nonsense?
If you don’t ever get out of the boat perhaps the idea of a deep oceans is just silly. But the need to call upon the Lord is real. The true leader Jesus is real. The need for our leaders to call upon the Lord is real. I don’t want to be the kind of leader who is so strong that ruthlessly I can determine who is the wheat and who is chaff. I need God to lead. We need an inspiration better than someone who simply made a good decision last time. We need God. I want to lead as a shepherd who gives his life for the sheep. A shepherd must take a strong stand against wolves, but a shepherd goes the distance for even the lost one. He doesn’t flip him out of the boat for his own survival when the boat starts to take on water.
If you are a leader what keeps you afloat? Is it the strength of your will? The might of your resolve? The depth of your wisdom? The cunning in your heart? The charisma of your character? The eloquence of your communication? The tenor of your demeanor? The fear you cast in your followers? The loyalty you inspire by your resume? Or is it Jesus?
Paul determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified. That was his leadership, to appeal to God’s.
All leaders need strength and courage, whether you captain a ship or spaceship or lead a church or drive a company, but from where do we draw it from? And rather, is it from a whom? In all the calls for men in the church to be men, and leaders to be strong who submit to the 21 laws, let’s remember God doesn’t need machismo. He needs humility. Those who bend the knee to him, get the wisdom and help.
21 you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. Exodus 18
26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mathew 20