Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Leader with No Followers

I’ve heard it said that a leader with no followers is just taking a walk. That sounds cute and nice, but I believe it misses the point. After pondering this a bit this morning, I came up with an amended quote:

“A Leader with no followers is someone just taking a walk, who happens to be highly delusional.”

We all laughed when Will Ferrell, in the movie “Old School” got drunk and went streaking. He tried to rally up the crowd, and in embarrassment to himself, went on to lead a crowd of none. The scene gets even funnier when his wife and her girlfriends are driving and see him streaking by himself and his wife is utterly embarrassed as well. As they approach the exuberant Ferrel, they hear him screaming, whooping, and just having a grand time. When asked what he is doing, Ferrell proceeds to tell his wife “We’re streaking! Everybody is doing it!” When he looks behind him to see nobody else is doing it, in his drunken stupor he explains “There’s more coming!” Very funny scene! lol

The problem is, there are leaders out there like this all the time. They lead a crusade and when nobody (or almost nobody) is behind them, they just keep going in the error of their ways. Even when someone confronts them, they explain it away and just keep marching, ignorant or defiant of the wrong course they are running. They, in fact are then, highly delusional.

How is your course? Have you sought out wise counsel? More than that, when you hear wise counsel, do you consider it? Do you seek out counsel before you make a decision to do something?

I have said in sermons before: “A smart person learns from their own mistakes... but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.”

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about listening to the counsel of others:

Proverbs 1:5 says: “Let the wise hear and increase in learning and the one who understands obtain guidance.”

Proverbs 11:14 says: “Where no counsel is, the people fall but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”

Proverbs 12:15 says: “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that listens to counsel is wise.”

Proverbs 19:20 says: “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise the the latter end.”

Proverbs 20:18 says: “Every purpose is established by counsel; and with good advice make war.”

Proverbs 24:6 says: “For by wise counsel you shall make war; and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.”

Also, check out Matthew 18, Titus 3:10 & many more!

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