At the time of writing, it appears that there is every chance that Australia will have its 5th Prime Minister in as many years by the weekend. It is a scenario many Australians feel they have seen far too often in recent memory, and the underlying leadership tensions seem to be the case regardless of political party.
I want to make two observations. First, it does seem that as postmodernism has arisen (the philosophy that says everyone can have their own view and be right), that leadership of any kind is more difficult. There are an increasing diversity of views, and people hold them more staunchly. In Australia, we have the added “tall poppy syndrome” dynamic, where those in authority are somewhat despised.
The complexity applies to national leadership, and other kinds of leadership, including that in churches (it is no co-incidence that there are a record number of ministers who have been on stress leave in recent years, across denominations).
Regardless of the outcome in Canberra, it is worth remembering the words of 1 Tim 2: First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior … (1 Tim 2:1-3).
Secondly, once again, events in our world remind us of the instability of our world. Romans 8 talks about the world’s instability as being the groans that point us to the world to come. This will be a stable world, with one ruler for an eternity – and that will be Jesus. In that world, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away” (Rev 21:4).