Wednesday, December 28, 2011

5 Reasons Why Leaders Fall

Kings Saul and David are sobering examples of why God's leaders stumble and fall, bringing harm to themselves and others. Here are 5 possible reasons why leaders crash and burn. 

Three times in 2 Samuel 1: 19, 25, 27, David laments, "How the mighty have fallen." He is of course referring to the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. It was Saul's opportunity to do great things for God but they eluded him due to disobedience. 

Later in 2 Samuel 11:27, the chapter ends with this ominous statement ( But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord), regarding his sin with Bathsheba. How the mighty have fallen! 

What their failures teach us (in no way an exhaustive list!)

1. All leaders are flawed human beings. Both were kings, anointed with incredible power and authority. I Samuel 10: 1; 2 Samuel 2:4

2. Leaders fail for not stewarding their position and power as gifts from God.  Both men abused their power and failed to submit their power to the power of God. I Samuel 13: 9-11; 2 Samuel 11: 1-27

3. All leaders fail when they disobey God. Both men disobeyed the God who anointed and appointed them. I Samuel 15:10; 2 Samuel 12:7-9

4. Failure to obey God always incurs loss. Both men suffered loss. Saul lost his life and David lost his reputation and the child that was born to Bathsheba. I Samuel 31: 3-6; 2 Samuel 12:14

5. Leaders fall when they go off mission. Instead of being focused on leading the nation of Israel, Saul spent considerable time trying to kill an innocent David (I Samuel 19:11). 
In David's case, instead of leading his army into battle, as most kings do, David stayed home, idle, restless and became the bull's eye of the devil's temptation (2 Samuel 11: 1-5).

The big difference between these men was in their practice of repentance. Saul expressed remorse on many occasions for his sin but he never showed the fruit of repentance (See I Samuel 15: 17-30). 
David, when he transgressed God's laws, also showed remorse, but he seemed to turn to God and showed the fruit of repentance (Psalm 51: 1-12).

Question: What in your mind are some of the reasons why leaders fall? How might leaders prevent moral failures?