Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated YHWH’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. – 1 Samuel 15:24
There have been several times in my ministry when doing “the right thing” wasn’t popular or even welcomed. Needless to say, such “seasons” weren’t a whole lot of fun for anyone involved. Yet, it is still necessary to make such hard decisions in order to continue to honor the mission of glorifying God in objective and practice. We would all agree that this is a difficult balance to maintain. Many churches and ministry organizations are tempted to sacrifice biblical growth on the altar of present peace and ultimately enter into a no-growth mentality just to keep from offending anyone. On the other hand, there are also those who would conveniently ignore God’s truth in order to avoid disturbing the status quo.
I personally understand how difficult these tests can be, but I also know that leadership cannot be conducted in fear. Those who are accountable to God have to find a way to lead that is obedient to Christ, no matter the personal cost. Popularity is a definite snare for any leader, and it snagged Saul. Any leader who values his position more than his mission will find himself making bad decisions.
No matter where, who, or what you lead for Christ, be sure of your relationship with Him and follow, no matter what may come. God will ultimately honor the leader who leads His way in His direction.
We fear men so much because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man’s terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God. – William Gurnall