A number of presidents, dictators, and religious leaders were instrumental in shaping the direction of culture and society throughout history. However, we must consider a question: Did these leaders shape the culture or did the culture shape these leaders?
Initially, we would naturally think the answer is both. Certainly the culture has an influence on leadership and leadership has an influence on culture.
However, from a spiritual point of view, leaders cannot allow the culture to dictate the direction of God’s people, but leaders must shape the culture.
A leader’s task is to shape their culture into the image of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
A leader’s efforts must be to influence others for the Lord, leading those without Christ into fellowship with God through Christ.
How can leaders shape the culture today?
Leaders must understand the culture.
Leaders must recognize the need within culture.
Leaders must provide an example for the culture.
Leaders must lead into a different culture.
Just a step in the right direction will help shape the changes needed in culture to direct a greater focus toward Christ.