The Danger of Unflinching Praise

However, after Jehoiada died, the rulers of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them…. – 2 Chronicles 24:17

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A leader must be wary of all those who so willingly bow at his feet.

Jehoiada, God’s priest, was the most influential person in the life of Joash and for as long as Jehoiada lived, Joash honored God. Soon after the old priest died, Joash began to find affirmation and adoration in the praise of his foolish admirers, turned his back on the teachings of his godly mentor, and became disobedient to Yahweh.

While a leader might welcome (and even hope for) encouragement, he should never allow it to devolve into nothing but empty flattery or accolades. Such praise can be enticing, but it is also dangerous, because it may blind him to weaknesses and failings that ultimately undermine effectiveness.

If you are allowed to lead, then cultivate followers who reserve their adoration for the Almighty. If you follow, then reject every leader that demands your unflinching, uninterrupted praise.

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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