At work today I was involved in several activities where I could observe both my student’s and colleagues behavior. For some reason on contemplating all of today’s activities a verse of scripture came to mind:
“ If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked. “ -Proverbs 29:13
A rather interesting verse considering this election cycle and politics in general.
Nonetheless we would like to look at this verse in light of today’s context. In the day and age which Solomon spoke this proverb, nations were ruled by kings, and the kings of the middle East demanded absolute respect and reverence. To insult the king or commit a crime to the dignity of the throne would be instant death (Daniel 2:10-13; Esther 7:7-10) yet we see that the monarch’s law was absolute and those that ruled in justice faired better than those that ruled by caprice and with evil. Just look through all the books of Chronicles and Kings to confirm this.
But our modern society, anyone can strive to be a leader of a company, organization, club, city, state or nation. I understand a majority of us don’t want that, but the potential does or did exist if we wanted it bad enough.
A person in leadership must protect their ears more than the average person, because there is more expected out them and more that is required of them than the average person. The role of leader requires more because people look at you. Even if a person says: “I’m not a role model..” They still are to someone.
What we take in, to a good degree will determine what comes out of our mouths or what behavior we exhibit. Ear protection will equal heart protection
Evil intake begets evil actions and truth begets truth. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve met more than my fair share of religious hypocrites that have a well armed battery of clichés and are quick on the draw. You generally hear more about these people than what you do the majority of Christians who are striving to do better and be better. What do you think. Are our activities and what we take in mentally, be it television, radio movies or internet affect our actions? And do you think we need to protect our intake more in society?
I believe if our leaders did, they would be more gracious, wise and diligent!
Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life -Proverbs 4:23