Leaders Beware!

What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so. When you want a piece of land, you find a way to seize it. When you want someone’s house, you take it by fraud and violence. You cheat a man of his property, stealing his family’s inheritance.

But this is what the Lord says: “I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose. You will no longer walk around proudly, for it will be a terrible time.” (Micah 2:1-3)

Abuse of Power will invite punishment

Corrupt leadership is not a modern malady. It existed ages ago. God had sent warnings to them through His prophets before He sent punishment. Yet people continue to be corrupt, unjust, cruel and selfish, particularly those in power.

Those in leadership were called to lead God’s people to the destination God has for them. But today leaders have forgotten the destination altogether, let alone the one who called them to lead.  They are there for the powers they wield, not for the cause they are called. They use their powers to fulfill their greed and to satisfy their self. They grab what belongs to others and prevent others from getting what belongs to them.

But God is not sleeping. He will act at the right time to avenge the power-mongers and they will not escape.

Refusal to heed will bring disaster

When prophets of God talk about sin and its judgment, the corrupt leadership can not stomach it. They prevent the preachers from bringing strong messages. They stop those who preach against their abuse of power. They would rather reward those who preach out of context and say what God’s Word does not say. They fool themselves by saying that God is on their side and He will not bring disgrace up on them as He is a loving God. Thus they continue to exploit their colleagues and fellow beings and take advantage of every opportunity for their own personal benefit. They continue to use (or abuse) people and dump them after they have achieved their selfish ends.

God will not tolerate this for long and He will come to the rescue of the oppressed. He will save them and gather the remnant like a shepherd gathering his flock. He will break down the walls of oppression errected by the enemy and lead His gathered ones out from darkness into His marvelous light. He will then reign as their King and they will honor Him as their Savior and Lord.

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