Not even a small cut
Posted by David Garcia Licona
“… So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. “The Lord knows I shouldn’t have done that to my lord the king,” he said to his men. “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul…”
1 Samuel 24:4-7 NLT
Today, using the excuse of “freedom of speech”, people who have been invested with authority, are criticized, offended, and denigrated.
And this is not only in the work or political field, it has transcended to the Church; and the problem is not the “accountability”, which is a healthy practice and should be part of every organization’s culture, the problem is when we questioned people in order to denigrate or destroy them.
No matter if you are in a position of authority or not, the true leader, never fight for leadership positions; on the contrary, always respects the leaders in power. It does not mean that we share their vision or way to lead; but we will respect them and the main reason for doing this is the conviction that leadership is granted and removed by God. Moreover, the respect for other leaders will always be genuine, not just be by word, and will show by their actions.
We should not use our call or our leadership as a mean to damage the leadership of others; and respect the others’ leadership does not mean that in a respectful way let them know where they could be failing or what could be improved. But the principle is not debatable: Respect authority! -not even a small cut.
© David García Licona – August 2013