Leadership and the Kings of Israel

For my devotional times, I’ve been reading through 1 Kings. While there are a number of lessons that could be elicited in such a study, I’ve been struck with how often the king is assigned responsibility for leading the people of Israel into sin. Here is an example:

26 [Nadab] did evil in the eyes of the LORD, walking in the ways of his father and in his sin, which he had caused Israel to commit.

Even Zimri, who reigned for only 7 days, was charged with causing Israel to sin (16.15-20).

What I take away from this is that leadership, in God’s eyes, is a serious thing. The actions of those who model you or I as leaders accrue to us in a moral sense. While they are also responsible – so are we. This is consistent with the larger Doctrine of Concurrency, which asserts that while God is sovereign and completely responsible for what happens on this earth, we are equally responsible and God holds us accountable for our sin and rewards us for our righteousness.

As business leaders, we need to remember that God holds us responsible to fully model the character of Jesus Christ in the workplace. To the extent our actions lead others into sin, God will hold us accountable.

Bill English, CEO