I’d been sent to take a message into another class. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I attended a fairly prestigious girls grammar school and this was late ’60’s. This didn’t happen here! The Latin teacher was doing his stuff at the blackboard, while the kids were running riot. The room was a mess, the din deafening, yet the teacher continued unperturbed! I delivered the message and exited pronto.
Becoming a teacher myself, there were times I had to fight for discipline. I would tell myself, “You are the adult here. Be the leader and the kids will follow (eventually!)” Fake it till you make it, I suppose.
Aaron must have wondered why his little brother Moses had been chosen by God and brought back from shepherding in a foreign land to become the leader to his people, while he, Aaron, was just the spokesman. But his time deputising the leadership role, and his response to Moses’ questioning explained it all (Exodus 32:21-24).
This was why he was not the leader.
- Leaders guide their followers, not just observe their behaviour.
- Leaders take responsibility – they are the ones who hold the bag and have to do something.
- Leaders stand firm for right action. They model right behaviour, and require it from their followers.
- Leaders are accountable. They don’t cover up with a lie.
Aaron found out that being a leader was not an easy option, and not everyone has the right skillset for the task. Like the Latin teacher.
It is a hard job to be a leader: whether in a classroom, a nation, a business, a church or any other setting. They don’t always get it right. We need to pray for our leaders MORE than we criticize them. When we do make comments, we need to remember and remark on the positive, good things they’ve accomplished, before we launch into a tirade of negativity. That helps them to hear what we are saying, but it also help us to keep our hearts right and our ears attentive to God’s opinion.
As we come to a General Election in the UK, we need to remember these things. As well as when we chafe at the bit in church or at work. The bible tells us to pray for our leaders (e.g. 1 Timothy 2:1-3) for a good reason. Just think what a difference it would make if we ALL prayed BEFORE we moaned!