I was recently thinking about the pain associated with leaders who fail publicly. I was thinking specifically about church leaders like Perry Noble who was recently removed from his position as Senior Pastor…but it also applies to other public leaders in business and in the public sector.
I found myself praying with extra passion for my own friend and Senior Pastor (Kevin Myers). I prayed that God would help him go the distance…as I pondered the cost and weight of what might happen if he didn’t.
I began to realize that the problem was with me, and not with God (or with the leader). I was placing too much responsibility on the leader. I tend to put my trust in my leaders rather than where it belongs (the Creator of the Universe).
If we are honest about it, every leader has failed at some time or another.
- Moses (the greatest leader in all Israel) failed
- David (the King and servant after God’s own heart) failed
- Peter (the disciple who led the early church) failed
- Thomas Jefferson? Failed
- President Lincoln? Failed
- John F. Kennedy? Failed
- Martin Luther King? Failed
- Trump and Hillary? Failed
Look it up. They all have failures in their journey. And so do you and I!
We have a tendency to put our trust in our leaders instead of God. If leaders could go the distance, they would get the credit. But, God allows them to fail in order to remind us that only one is worthy of our worship and trust.
Thanks for listening.