Date: 2008-07-31 22:22:05 Title: Woe to the Shepherd!!!!!
Godless leadership among God's people is not a new concept. From the nation of Israel to the current church, godless leaders continue to plague God's people. Every leader needs to be aware that God's watchful eye is keeping track of every leadership decision and choice. Sometimes a leader begins to see their calling or profession as their own rather than an entrustment. Hebrews13:17 says that leaders keep watch over you as men who must give an account. And an account they will give.
What kind of Christian leader are you? A quick look at the book of Jeremiah can assist every Christian Leader in evaluating their leadership style, leadership capacity, and their leadership impact. In Jeremiah 23 God gives his perspective on the display of character that God expects from the leaders who have been called to care for his people. One of the first warnings which God speaks through the Prophet Jeremiah is, for the shepherds to "stop destroying and scattering the sheep of his pasture!" It is my experience that many shepherds today are actually insecure men. They hide behind religious jargon, persuasion tactics and denominational rules and rgulations. There is a consistant manipulation of the holy scriptures in order to protect their power and expand their own visions and dreams.
The sheep stand by and watch these so called leaders saturate their own lives with over eating, opulent living, fancy clothes, expensive cars, and an appetite for sexual pleasure. As the sheep watch these leaders, their understanding of the new life is distorted, their belief that holiness is a way of life for the believer is diminished and they ultimately find little pleasure in fully knowing Christ. They become destroyed and scattered. Destroyed is the Hebrew word abad; perish, vanish, go astray. Scattered comes from the Hebrew word puts; to scatter, be dispersed, to be dashed to pieces.
In verse 2 God's expectation is made very clear. He desire his shepherds to attend (care) to his people and promises to attend (punish) to every shepherd that has harmed his sheep. When I read this passage a holy fear comes over me because I know that I will have to give an account for every decision that I make concerning God's people. Today it seems many pastors view God's people as their own personal property. Friends the sheep of God are God's property. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul reminds us of our ownership. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
It seems that much honor and attention is being paid to organizations, buildings, vision & mission statements
As I search the landscape of the local church it is in a state ruin.