My recent rumination over a “failed leadership mission” set me pensive to be able to craft my thoughts. Over the years I have had fair share of being part of conversations about leadership, whether at work and sadly in the church too, out of which the most complaints about not able to look up to particular leaders.
I once had this issue with my ex-colleague, a peer whom my ex-boss set above me. I did struggle for a period, till two things slapped me:
1. Men look at outward appearance: Weaknesses, failings, incompetencies…
2. We sit on the Judge’s seat passing judgements without fairness
Both has to do with a position of superiority, and the root is pride.
1. Because we have expectations or expected criteria of what a leader should be? Falling short or failing which, we cannot look up to such short standards.
Pause: Have we too matched up to our own criteria or expectations before we qualify the leader?
2. Because we saw the incompetencies, weaknesses, failings, unchristlikeness, handicaps (Emotional and Spiritual) of the leaders that we discounted or failed them immediately.
Pause: Do we ourselves who judged passed as well?
3. Because we cannot submit to people spiritually or/ and physically younger than us.
Pause: Is it a pride issue?
4. Because we do not want to die to our preferences and only select people who are like us or can do better or can dance aroud them.
Pause: Everyone is made different, no one can be alike, so shall we all jump ship all the time because of such issues?
Take home point… Do we fail to see the heart of the chosen leaders over us? Are we aware that we also fail God’s heart?
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. – Matthew 7:1-5
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7