When Leaders No Longer Lead
“A good shepherd leads his sheep to pasture. He cares for their every need. He does not drive the sheep with the shepherds crook, but rather uses it to correct the wayward.
Leadership, at any level, should know and follow the example of the Good Shepherd. Failure to do so leaves the sheep without guidance and in danger. Whenever leaders lose their concern for the people they are supposed to lead and concern themselves with themselves, then the people are in trouble.
Ancient Israel provides our first example of this tragedy. Amos addressed the nation with the following words:
Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes! – Amos 6:1
The nation of Israel, during the time of Uzziah, knew a time of great prosperity. As then, so now today. It is always a great danger when the leadership is focused on selfish desires rather than the needs of the people. With leadership asleep at the helm, the people will be lulled into a false sense of security. Priorities in life are turned upside down. The things offered by the world become the focus, rather than the things of heaven.
It was that way in Israel, and it is so in America today.”