Easley notes the blessings of godly leadership
by Emily Grooms
Synopsis: Godly leadership as modeled by King David in Psalm 101 is what America and all of her institutions "desperately need." Pastors, parents and professors must be godly leaders to effectively replicate themselves. Godly leaders are people of character and integrity. If others in your sphere of influence "imitated you, would they look much like Jesus?" asked Dr. Earnest Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga.
CLEVELAND, Ga. (TMCNews) – Dr. Earnest Easley, senior pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., addressed the significance of godly leadership in Truett-McConnell College's March 7 chapel service.
Easley's sermon entailed "something that every classroom, institution, home, and business needs; it's something our nation desperately needs and that's leadership that God blesses," he said.
Easley stated the importance of godly leadership in every avenue of life: "Whether you plan to be a pastor, a professor, a mom, or dad, what is greatly needed is the kind of leadership that God blesses."
Noting the wisdom in Psalm 101, Easley recognized the desperation of King David: "David, who wrote this Psalm, had just been crowned the king of Israel – the leader of the land. He's saying, 'Here's how I want my leadership as king to look. This is how I want my administration to run things.'"
The leadership mentioned in Psalm 101 models for us the type of leadership God blesses, Easley said.
According to verse two, God blesses leaders who live a blameless life: "I will pay attention to the way of integrity. When will You come to me? I will live with a heart of integrity in my house," Easley recited, adding, "Sound living produces sound leaders."
Referring to the blamelessness of godly leaders, Easley noted that the word "blameless doesn't speak of perfectionism, but implies living in such a way that, if you were accused of something and someone heard about it, they would say of you, 'No way.' That's blameless living."
Easley pointed out the impact one's private life has on their public one: "I want you to notice where blameless living starts: David says he will live with integrity in his house. That's where it will start and that's where it ends."
Recognizing the ease and temptation of living a double life, Easley asked students to check their hearts: "How's your private life? Are you like a saint at church and a devil at home?"
"What you are at home is what you are," he said. "If you're something different at work or church than you are at home, you're a phony; and phonies don't raise champions for God."
Noting his second point, Easley read verse 3: "I will not set anything worthless before my eyes. I hate the practice of transgression; it will not cling to me."
God blesses leaders that live pure lives, Easley said. "David reminds us that an unguarded eye is a wandering eye, and wandering eyes never lead to good; they always lead to harm."
David makes a promise to set nothing before his eyes that will destroy his life; this is how he desires to run his kingdom, Easley said.
Referencing the covenant Job made with his eyes in Job 31.1, Easley asked students about the covenant they've made with theirs: "God has given us His manual to protect our eyes and ultimately our lives," he stated.
Aiming for godly leadership, Easley noted the importance of abstaining from wickedness: "You may not be able to keep a bird from landing on your head but you can keep it from building a nest," he said. "Knock it off, and don't let it make its home in you."
Easley stated that what we see impacts what we do. "Madison Avenue understands this," he said. "That's why they spend 3.8 million dollars on a 30-second advertisement in the Superbowl. What we see impacts what we do."
Godly leaders must also live an exemplary life, he noted. "We need leaders who are worth imitating."
While reading Philippians 3.13-14 – "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus" – Easley noted Paul's leadership: "Paul tells us to 'Imitate him as he imitates God.' Thank God for leaders who are worth imitating," he said.
Easley related his point to the family: "If your children imitate you, would they look much like Jesus?" he asked.
"We need to be living in such a way where we make ourselves an example of how they should follow us."
Looking back on David's life, Easley recognized a leader worth following.
"Leaders that live a blameless life, a pure life, a life worth imitating come from lives that have been transformed by the power of Jesus," he stated.
He also noted the need for godly leadership: "Your classmates need godly leadership from you. This school desperately needs godly leadership from this president, faculty, and trustees. This institution desperately needs godly leadership."
Easley challenged students to be the kind of leader David modeled in Psalm 101 "Will you be that kind of leader?" he asked.
Emily Grooms is a Truett-McConnell senior English major and a freelance writer for the college.