So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.” – 1 Samuel 24:6
In America, at this moment, our president isn’t very popular. The president before him and the one before him (just keep going back) wasn’t widely popular either. No matter how good a person is at the job of leadership, he or she will (at times) be unpopular. It was Abraham Lincoln who is known to have said, “You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” Yet, in those times when we are saddled with a leader we don’t like, God’s word reminds us that all authority has been established by God, both the good and the bad (Romans 13:1).
Maybe you think that your leader (president, boss, parent, pastor, or whoever is in authority over you at the moment) is bad. It might even be true, but do not forget that God has allowed this person to lead (in this moment). You do not have to agree with him. You don’t even have to obey his every command (if that command would cause you to sin against God). Just remember to respect a leader’s position, even if such respect makes it practically impossible to respect the person who fills it.
Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. – John Adams
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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