The Eagle Is Molting
by Rick Joyner
As Sammy Rodriguez shared in one of our first Oak Summits, we are not following the donkey or the elephant, but we will follow the Lamb. This has been our resolve. Even so, it would be disingenuous to not admit that the majority of Oak members are conservative and Republican. However, we do have many who consider themselves independents, and quite a few who are registered Democrats. For these we are thankful. An eagle needs a right wing and a left wing to fly, and so does America.
From time to time eagles go through a molting process when they lose their feathers so that new ones can grow. This is a time of weakness and great vulnerability for an eagle. For some of this time they cannot hunt and therefore don’t eat. Even so, when they come through this they are renewed and like a young bird again physically, but having their age and experience they are much better than a young bird. America is going through such a time now, but we will be renewed. We will come through all that we’re dealing with stronger and better than ever.
New American Leadership
Though it does seem that we are now in times of the most severe lack of leadership in virtually every field from business, to government, to the church, this is also the greatest opportunity for a new breed of leadership to arise. Jesus said that the wise bring forth from their treasures things both old and new (see Matthew 13:52). The new breed that has a strong vision of the future, but also has strong roots in our history and our founding documents, will be the strongest of all.
The Obama Administration has severely weakened the devotion of many Democrats to their party, but the GOP is not seen as much of an alternative. Many members of the GOP have been discouraged with their party for even longer than Democrats have been with their own, but both parties have been a disappointment. What we need now is not a turning to the GOP (Grand Old Party), but to a GNP (Grand New Party). I am not advocating a third party, but a renewed Republican Party with new leadership and new vision for the future.
There is need for new vision and leadership in both the Democratic and Republican parties. The Democratic Party thought they were getting this with Obama, and even many Republicans who were discouraged with the GOP thought he should be given a chance. Now President Obama’s approval rating is breaking records in the wrong direction almost weekly. The only reason why his approval rating is still in the 30s is because so many people hate to admit they were wrong, and there are many diehards who are taking a while to follow the rest of the country. Even so, it is likely his approval rating will soon be in the 20s, just like President Bush before him.
This may be an unprecedented opportunity for the Republican Party if it can truly renew itself with a new leadership and new vision. The Obama Administration may have wasted the powerful terms “change” and “hope” for the Democratic Party for a very long time, but the whole country is still desperate for real change that is in the right direction and a hope that does not disappoint.
I’ve studied leadership and management for nearly 30 years, and President Obama does have some very strong leadership capabilities. However, they are coupled with some very weak ones that virtually assure any leader of ultimate failure. This weakness could be summed up in the saying that “He who is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.” No great leader is prone to making excuses or blame shifting. The great ones do not shift blame for failures even if they could because they do not want to waste the time or mental energy on it but rather press on. PLEASE READ MORE