Focal passages: 2 Samuel 12:1-14
There are many uniformed, instrument-bearing members that make up a marching band. Each person must practice his or her routines in the summer heat, while also performing the music correctly. They are responsible for knowing their steps and unique parts.
However, they all look to one person, the drum major, to serve as their rallying point and their leader.
God holds all people accountable for their sins, especially those called to lead others. An almost absolute ruler, the king of Israel had to submit to the God who is sovereign over all. Yet David despised the word of the Lord when he broke at least four of the great commandments in one giant misstep.
The king was supposed to lead the nation in obedience by observing the law (Deuteronomy 17:18-20), but David’s great sin with Bathsheba did the complete opposite.
For most Christians, the most common spiritual leader they interact with is their local pastor. That pastor is your church’s God-called leader to set an example through demonstrating an upright life, sound teaching and other Christ-like qualities. It is both wise and appropriate then to hold pastors to a higher standard and to examine their qualifications. When they fulfill their calling, the people can flourish and the church’s witness to its community can be amplified. When a leader deviates from his calling, it can injure the church and impair its ministry efforts.
All believers must repent of their sins, realizing God forgives and walks alongside us through the temporal consequences. Importantly, we need to remember that the shepherds God has placed over us are sheep too. We must permit them to lead us also in the way of confession and repentance when they do stumble.
Psalm 32 says unconfessed sin causes a man to waste away, but blessing is poured out on the one who turns back to the Lord and receives forgiveness. Since our leaders are extra accountable for the lives they lead, Christians should intentionally intercede for them so that they do not fall into temptation.