The world is full of symbols: political symbols, social symbols, educational symbols, and even religious symbols.
We often utilize symbols for ideas like unity, respect, tolerance, peace, hope, and love.
A symbol is generally a concrete object representing something abstract.
Few ideas are more abstract than the concept of spiritual leadership, which raises a question. What symbol would represent spiritual leadership?
The gavel represents a legalistic leader, decisive and dogmatic.
The eagle represents a presidential leader, representative and political.
The swastika represents a dictatorial leader, aggressive and autocratic in power.
The crown represents a kingly leader, superior and majestic.
The lamb represents a gentle leader, patient under suffering.
The cross represents a sacrificial leader, purposeful and loving.
While there are others, I wonder what symbol best represents our spiritual leadership? Would the symbol of the cross, representing the purposeful and loving sacrifice of Jesus, accurately describe our leadership? Why or why not? Maybe we should reevaluate our spiritual leadership.
Our leadership is worth the effort to make certain it is represented accurately and biblically.