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How To Change Your Leader’s Mind

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Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. 47The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”  — Daniel 2:46-47

Changing the mind of a leader is a complex thing. Leaders base their decisions on their historical decision-making successes grounded in a long-developed worldview. As they scale higher they are surrounded by advisors and become dependent upon the best information available. Oftentimes those that surround the leader share the same worldview and offer synthesized options or information based on shared beliefs. No amount of rationalizing, protesting, Facebook ranting, or stat quoting will avert the course leaders are set upon.

The way to change a leader’s mind from the status quo of set options he is given, is to offer transcendent perspectives that appeal to true heart of the leader. Daniel stands out because he tells the king that there is Someone who can advise far beyond him. Daniel doesn’t want the credit and Daniel doesn’t want to be heard—he wants to point the king to the Lord God. No agenda, only faith.

As a result, the king has an answer and is relieved. He honors the messenger and testifies that God is the God of gods and Lord of heaven. This result is only possible when we cast ourselves upon the Lord and direct others to rely on Him. When we ask our leaders to watch us rely on God on their behalf, we need to actually trust God to come through rather than rely on ourselves, our answers and our opinions.

What if we utilized Facebook to lead others to rely on God on behalf of our leaders?  What if when God answered, we let that be our answer? What would that look like?  The follower of God relies on God to inform the heart of the king.