Jesus was a divine being, the son of God, He knew many things that none of the people in the period knew, he knew the thoughts of everybody around him were warped. He saw the Pharisees as they really were, a bunch of hypocrites. he was God, his nature is not affected by whatever anybody said about him, but still He wanted to know what people thought of him in Matthew 16, he specifically asks his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?”. The interesting thing here is that he actually sent his disciples out to do some sort of referendum, he didn’t ask the disciples to drown out the voices of the people with propaganda; he did not create an “us against the world” mentality for his followers. For Jesus Christ, He didn’t care whether the opposition were out to get him, and believe me, Jesus Christ was never short of someone grumbling about his decisions or willing to argue with him, but he listened anyway. Even though the people could not agree on who they felt Jesus really was, and most of them even called him what he was not.
Democracy is the government by individuals pulling in different directions, but a good leader can pick a pattern in the conflicting voices and plot a course of action. As has been mentioned before, Jesus Christ is never under any compulsion to do anything, nothing could stop him from doing whatever he wanted to do, but he listened any way.
Shannon L. Alder has this advice that our democratically elected leaders would take note of before they unleash their propaganda voltrons on the populace:
“ The battle you are going through is not fueled by the words or actions of others; it is fueled by the mind that gives it importance.”
Even more interesting is that after asking for the general opinion, he asked for the specific opinion of his own disciples, they were his inner caucus, they knew him more than anybody else, and they worked for him. A leader listens to his associates, it makes them feel wanted, and it challenges them to evaluate the person they are working for. This in turn helps them to do an appraisal of their own work. A further reading of the chapter reveals that when Peter got Jesus’ identity right, Jesus Christ was happy. It pays for the followers to know who the leader is. That way they would trust him more and it helps them to know his likes and dislikes. A lot of people, especially politicians feel democracy is just about getting enough votes to get to an elective position, they often forget that they also have to listen to what the electorate has to say. If Jesus Christ who did not even have an electorate to worry about could listen to the people, our democratically elected leaders should too.
To be continued….