We seem to be living in a time when there’s a constant conversation about controversial leaders. We frequently hear words like greedy, dishonest, egotistical, prejudiced, power-hungry, controlling, unstable, violent, and corrupt used to describe leaders around the globe—and sometimes also leaders right in our local communities.
It’s only natural to shake our heads in despair—What is the world coming to? Yet a quick perusal through the history books—including the historical books in the Bible—immediately reminds us that this is not new. As Lord Acton famously wrote and as historical examples often demonstrate, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Positions of leadership often bring out both the best and the worst in people; when we look at the leaders recorded in Scripture, we see sinful inclinations on full display among many of them. We also see compelling examples of humble and God-fearing leaders who turned the tide and led their people in honoring God.
We can learn a lot about leadership and devotion from studying both the good and bad leaders whose stories are recorded in Scripture.
“1 & 2 Kings: God’s Imperfect Servants,” highlights both kinds of leaders, detailing the important events and choices in the lives of Israel’s and Judah’s kings. Dig into biblical history with and consider what these historical leaders can teach us about leadership and faithfulness.