Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sometimes Leaders Are Wrong

I’ve always been a very obedient person. I do what I’m told and respect authority. Yet in a strange way, I’ve also always had this innate “something” inside of me that has given me free will. Maybe it’s the Lord. Maybe it’s just common sense that is rooted firmly inside of me. But I always seemed to know when I shouldn’t do something.

Now, as a parent, it can be a challenge to teach my children to be obedient, respect and obey authority…yet at the same time – question it.  For when I was a kid, most of my leaders were moral and upstanding people. Only a few stand out in my mind as being what I would call “wrong.” They didn’t use their platform as someone to be looked up to, but abused it because of their own personal issues.

More and more today, we have leaders and people who are in charge of us who aren’t “leading.” They abuse their power, lack respect for the people they are in charge over, and generally get a power “high” off of their position. Sometimes they are selfish and insert their own agenda into their position.

It can be very tough when you find you or your child is in a situation where you know they are being led astray or not being “led” ethically at all!

I believe that the Bible tells me to obey those in authority that have been placed over me. EXCEPT when that authority goes against God. So if authority does anything that is against my beliefs, then I have the freedom (and hopefully the conviction) to disobey.

My God always comes first.

I don’t want my children to be like the blind leading the blind. I don’t want them to simply be sheep following the pack. I want them to use their intellect and their love for the Lord to discern when someone in leadership over them is abusing their position. I want them to know that it’s okay to say “no” and that they don’t have to submit to someone who isn’t worthy of submitting to!

So many people are abusing their high positions and ranks these days. Positions that were allowed into their lives by the Lord. He can give and He can take away. I pray that my children will learn to respect and follow those who don’t take their leadership positions for granted, but instead use them for good and love those whom they serve.

Just because you are a leader – doesn’t always mean you have the right judgment or mindset. And it’s good to remember that.

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