When Leaders Accidentally Go Against God

King Saul was pursuing David in order to kill him.

The foundational reason: Saul wanted to maintain the power that he thought he had.

DAVID SAID, “O KING, MY MASTER. WHY ARE YOU AFTER ME, HUNTING ME DOWN? WHAT HAVE I DONE? WHAT CRIME HAVE I COMMITTED? OH, MY MASTER, MY KING, LISTEN TO THIS FROM YOUR SERVANT: IF THE LORD HAS STIRRED YOU UP AGAINST ME, THEN I GLADLY OFFER MY LIFE AS A SACRIFICE. BUT IF IT’S MEN WHO HAVE DONE IT, LET THEM BE BANISHED FROM THE LORD’S PRESENCE.”
— 1 Samuel 26:17-20

Leaders, pay close attention:

If you are attempting to eliminate someone…if you want someone out…whether it be from an office or a friend group or a community……..

……..If you are actually claiming that The Eternal God of the Universe is guiding you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and through holy counsel of brothers and sisters in Christ……

…….If you’re actually claiming to use a Biblical example of Matthew 18 to remove someone from a community…..

First of all, please rethink this. Please reconsider.

But if you go through with it…

WowYou better be right.

Because,

if you are not right…

…..If you, in your heart, are pretending to do it under the leadership and authority of the Spirit of God, as well as with true counsel of the community around you,

but if you are actually operating under a false understanding of authority, and are listening to false counsel around you and/or false counsel from within your own heart and mind……

…….Here’s a principle to learn from what David was saying to King Saul:

If you go against people that God is for, you are going against God.

Leaders should lead with sacrificial love and mutual submission to God.

May it be so.