Reading through the Bible together
In the United States, there is a legal protection for employees who discover an illegal activity in the company they work for. It’s called “The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989” which safeguards government employees who report agency misconduct. Employees and applicants cannot be discriminated against for disclosing illegal activity. This protection is to prevent retaliation by those in authority against the whistleblower reporting misconduct.
Micah was not paid by the leaders or other prophets in Israel for his work! In the third chapter he has some very direct messages for the people in power: “Listen, you leaders of Israel! You are supposed to know right from wrong, but you are the very ones who hate good and love evil” (Micah 3:1-2, NLT).
In The Acts of the Apostles, Ellen White says, “Solemn are the responsibilities resting upon those who are called to act as leaders in the church of God today” (p. 92). It is simple: Leaders always have other people watching them, and because of their expanded influence, they have more responsibility to live as Christian examples in every aspect of their lives.
In one sense everyone is a leader because leadership is influence and we all have influence. When we are not displaying Christian virtues—using language that demeans people, losing our temper, not practicing humility—we misrepresent the Savior we serve.
Gordon Bietz, D.Min.
Southern Adventist University