“David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, when someone told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!”” 2 Samuel 4:9-11 NIV
There are some people whose primary purpose in life is to go after people in leadership. Like Herodias, they will not be satisfied until they have the head of John the Baptist on a platter simply because he dared to tell the truth.
We live in a time where’s it’s fashionable to bash leaders, especially in the church. I believe that leaders need to be held accountable and open to critique but I also believe in honor and respect. We should give honor when honor is due. The apostle Paul said that those who preach and teach the word of God deserve a double honor! But for some reason it’s hunting season on leaders.
Israel was in transition with its leadership. King Saul had been killed in battle and David was the new king. He was awaiting God’s intervention to unify the Northern and Southern kingdoms. But two scoundrels thought they would speed up the process by going to assassinate King Saul’s son. They snuck in his bedroom and cut off his head. They brought the head to King David like they had done him a favor.
David didn’t play that. David had so much respect for the position of king. David called King Saul “God’s anointed.” David had two opportunities to kill Saul, the same man that tried on several occasions to kill young David because he was jealous. But David would not touch “God’s anointed.”
These men were obviously trusted leaders under King Ibosheth. They had access to the inner palace. They had access to the king’s bedroom and killed him in his sleep. David rewarded their betrayal against “God’s anointed” by having them killed and cutting off their hands and feet.
Watch out for head hunters.
- Be leery of people who bring you bad news on a leader like it’s supposed to be good news for you. I’m suspicious of people who come from one church bashing their leader to join my church. If they will cut off the head of their pastor, what will keep them from cutting off mine when I’m vulnerable? If they will gossip on them and bring you the bones what’s to stop them from collecting your bones?
- Watch out for who you give access to your inner most chambers. You have to pray long and hard about who you give access to. Everybody should not have equal access. They should go through some kind of vetting process before they’re given access. Jesus had 12 disciples, but he only had three they he gave access to his inner most circle.
- Stay away from those who cause division. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them (Romans 16:17).
Leaders are not perfect, but they deserve respect if indeed we believe that God appoints leaders. We shouldn’t try to cut their heads off but instead cover their heads. If the head is damaged then the body will not make it. We are the body of Christ.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3
In Jesus’ Name,