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Leadership Has Consequences

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

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But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites. (2 Kings 21:9)

Leadership has consequences, and not just for the leader. Consequences impact those who follow — for good or for evil.  Rulers of nations wield enormous influence.

In the case of Manasseh, king over Judah, the results were disastrous. Though he was the son of godly king Hezekiah, Manasseh did great evil in the sight of God. The people not only saw it; they also followed. How bad was this evil? This chapter reports that Manasseh led the charge in worshipping idols, practicing divination and sorcery, and even sacrificing his own son in the fire. And the people? They did likewise.

Consider your own experiences. Have you noticed that good leaders make organizations better, and that poor leaders tend to take the organization down? Interestingly, this happens in every area of life, including the family.

Few of us will rule nations, but we do lead — on the job, in our communities, and in our homes. Rest assured that our leadership has consequences — for good or for evil.

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