The church has preached the gospel of honoring leaders and how subordinates should act towards their leaders but it has forgotten to preach the other side: that is, how a leader should behave towards his subordinates because as much as we might not want to hear it- a leader has to respect his subordinates. Because we have not taught about leaders abusing their authority we have a misbalance in the Kingdom and wherever there lacks balance disharmony is bound to follow.
This is what happens when the church does not preach about authority and if they are no checks and balances so that such things will not happen. In 1 Chronicles 21the word says:
And satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. And Joab answered, The Lord make his people an hundred times so many as they may be: but; my Lord the King, are they not all my Lord’s servants? Why then doth my Lord require this thing? Why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? Nevertheless the King’s word prevailed against Joab.
There are 5 things to note in this story:
This act was inspired of the Devil!Joab a subordinate of David advised against this action.David’s word prevailed even though he was in error!Joab had to obey the King’s command.The command yielded disastrous consequences!
This is exactly what is happening in the church. They are certain wrong decisions that are being made and these decisions are inspired of the devil( O yes the devil can use a pastor, deacon or any other leader). At times some subordinate might advise against this decision(that is if the subordinate has the guts to do so!). The painful thing is that the decision is made by the leader but then it affects the congregation just as David’s decision affected Israel. A LEADER should therefore understand that the decisions he/she makes will affect the congregation and hence he should seek counsel from God and also from other people before making a decision.
A lot of people have gone to town about the scripture where David says, I will not give unto the Lord that which costs me nothing. ( I Chronicles 21:24 ),it is used in a lot of offering messages and so on. However had David not made a dumb decision people would not have had to die and he would not need to make an atonement sacrifice.
My challenge to Church leaders is this :
What decisions as a leader are you making and what is the motivation for that decision?Do you take time to listen to the advice of others or have you become a law unto yourself?What is your view of the authority that God has given you? Do you Lord it over others or are you a servant as Jesus instructed?