Monday, 24 February 2014

WHY LEADERS FALL

If we are unaware of our enemy, how can we fight and defend ourselves? If we are unclear about our areas of weakness, how can we be victorious?

Greed and sexual immorality are perhaps the two most common reasons why prominent leaders fall from grace.  

To put it simply, the two important factors which account for their downfall are lust for money and lust of the flesh (1 John 2:15-17).

If only they had taken heed of the warnings in Proverbs 30 and 31, the last two books of Proverbs, things might have turned out differently.

But then again, knowing the truth is one thing. Having the strength to overcome evil is another matter.

The reason for highlighting the above is not that we might pride ourselves in our superiority (1 Corinthians 10:12) but that we might be forewarned, take heed and learn to be wise.

Let us not rejoice in their misfortune but pray for them. And, of course, learn from their mistakes so that we can finish well.


                                                                        




WARNING AGAINST LUST FOR MONEY

Make me absolutely honest
and don’t let me be too poor
    or too rich.
    Give me just what I need.
If I have too much to eat,
    I might forget about you;
if I don’t have enough,
    I might steal
    and disgrace your name.

Proverbs 30:8-9

Let’s pause and consider the wisdom behind Proverbs 30:8-9. He asks God to supply his needs; he will be contented with his lot in life. Abundant riches may lead him to become complacent and forget God. Or riches may open the door to new temptations previously unknown to him. The danger of poverty is obvious; he might be tempted to cheat or steal to survive. So he pleads that God spares him from these two extreme situations.

It's not that God is niggardly. He wants to abundantly bless His children, and often materially as well (Psalms 103:1-5). “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).

But wealth is like a two-edged sword. How many people can truly handle great wealth? Many get mesmerised by the gifts rather than the Giver.

Joseph, who became the Prime Minister of Egypt, could handle great wealth for he did not succumb to greed or pride. But how many modern-day Josephs are there?

WARNING AGAINST LUST OF THE FLESH

Don’t waste your life
chasing after women!
This has ruined many kings.

Proverbs 31:3 (CEV)

This was a mother’s advice to his son, a king. She pleaded with him not to sow wild oats as in Proverbs 5:16-17. *

He won’t be able to fulfill his responsibility as a king if he pursues a promiscuous lifestyle. Failure to gain victory in this vital area of his life will drain him of his vigour and vitality. “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls” (Proverbs 25:28).

Like kings, leaders are people in high office. So this caution against immorality is applicable to leaders as well.

* Footnotes:
And don’t be like a stream
    from which just any woman
    may take a drink.
Save yourself for your wife
    and don’t have sex
    with other women.
Proverbs 5:16-17 (CEV)

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