Skip to comments.Stricter Judgment
Posted on 12/01/2003 5:31:04 AM PST by stainlessbanner
"Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment." James 3:1
Scripture singles out people in positions of leadership for greater accountability. You notice, when reading the Old Testament, that during the theocracy God judged the nation based on the behavior of the people: "And the children did evil in the sight of the Lord."  During the monarchy, God judged the nation based on the behavior of the king: "Ahaziah did evil in the sight of the Lord and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel."  When the people wanted a king and God allowed them to place their king between them and God, He held the people accountable for the behavior of their king. The king was no longer a private citizen, but the representative of the people. God judged accordingly.
Jesus warned, "To whom much is given, much is required,"  a truth applicable not only to your possessions, but also to the authority or position given you by God. People seek advantage in this world while at the same time try to avoid accountability. The whole of Scripture warns that this cannot be. Paul says that if a man desires to be a bishop he covets a good work.  So if you seek leadership in the church for the proper reasons, you seek good. But remember the admonition of James. God holds to a higher standard those in positions of leadership.
*  - Judges 3:7
*  - I Kings 22:51-53
*  - Luke 12:48
*  - cf. I Timothy 3:1
It's called accountability. Be it the church, business or politics, those in positions of authority have a moral and ethical duty to be a good shepherd. Unfortunately, many wolves are leading flocks.
But God shall reward those that are faithful, and punish those that sin.
However, there is ONE place where we will be accountable!