#5427 – Leadership Failure

Good morning people who honour God in the way that you lead.

Exodus 32:1-4 NIV When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

This is one of the worst failures of leadership in the Bible.

How did it happen?

In part, it was because the leader listened to what the people wanted rather than listening to what God had said.

The same pattern is easily repeated today.

Leaders, please listen to me: Your primary responsibility is to honour God.

I remember the time the Lord said to me, “You cannot please Me and appease people at the same time.” This is so true, and this is where Aaron failed.

In these days when evil is called good and good is called evil, leaders will need to make a decision:

Will I please God or will I appease people?

Our decisions in these moments will reflect where our greatest allegiance lies – God or people.

It’s time for godly leaders to lead out of a holy fear of the Lord.