It would be foolhardy of me to elevate another humble servant of Christ in such a way that they eclipse Jesus himself. We in the Army are certainly not seeking to deify a human being in the promotion/election of General. There will not be any white smoke going up to the heavens as the High Council eventually elects its next General. We will not seek to promote a General into Sainthood here either.
But our identity does change to some extent when a new General takes office, so to speak. We do need leaders who will cast our Army vision and purpose for the years to come as well as work with national/international leaders to further this mission of Christ. The office of General is important in this respect. We most certainly don’t view our General as omniscient or infallible either but scriptural speaking we do acknowledge that we are to obey and listen to our leaders:
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” -Hebrews 13:17.
That being said, here is a prayer for our Army:
‘Dear Lord, you know each precious soul who is a part of this army. We are your servants seeking to preach Christ crucified to a dying, sin sick world. May your light continue to shine on our paths as we listen to the proddings of your Spirit. I ask that you guide our leaders who will be gathering soon for the high council. Please provide them safety as they travel, discernment as they pray and consult you for directions. We humbly acknowledge that Your will be done in and through Your people…may it be so also within the high council.
We also ask that Your servants will hear Your voice in the election of our next general. That You will gently guide these proceedings and that You ultimately appoint this leader. We serve a world of vast diversities, issues and conflicts and in the broad global view, help and equip us for the mission yet ahead. It is in your name we pray all of this. Amen.”
As the days leading up to this appointed time quickly speeds by, please continue to pray for all of the Commissioners, lift up The Chief of the Staff, Commissioner André Cox as he makes these preparations and offers his guidance on the onset of the high council. Prayer is a vital and formidable weapon that we as saints of God are called upon to utilize.
We are most likely unsure of how this whole thing works, but we are trusting in the One who will guide each and every leader. We also further acknowledge that Christ is first and foremost the head of our Army…and in that regard we already have the victory!
Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.
His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.
-Just a thought.