from the book, Blessing Your Soul
PIOUS PASSIVE LEADERSHIP ~ SAMUEL
~ a blessing from the life of Samuel, redemptive gift of teacher ~
Samuel was a legend in his own time. His love of God and faithfulness in serving him was over the top. Aspiring spiritual giants wanted to be like him- the ultimate blend of priest and prophet.
It was baffling to the general public, though, how a man this close to God could turn a blind eye to the sins of his sons. Why did he leave them in the priestly/judicial office when they were so horribly, obviously, openly corrupt? There were no answers.
Since they did not want to confront Samuel over his passivity, they demanded a change of structure, thereby making the problem a whole lot worse.
1 Samuel 8-10
the principle: A wrong response to pain is not the solution to a leadership problem.
Have you ever been there? Isn't it wild how someone can be in touch with God in ways we only dream about while being so paralyzed about the lack of integrity on his team?
If you have been through the melee of a board fight or church split over the issue of integrity in leadership, I bless you with the courage to see where you were wrong and not just see the sins of the other parties. As you clear your conscience before God for doing too much, it will help you heal from leaders who did too little.
*after you have read this post, take a minute to review what you have learned about the teacher and comment about this amazing man of God and his weakness.