Finding Men and Women of Integrity.
As we continue through 1 Kings, we find a challenge in the area of leadership.
Now, we all know that David had a significant moral fall. However, if we look at the big picture, we must match David’s fall with a life of following the Lord.
Furthermore, the men in leadership who followed David did not seem to have a specific time of sin, but certain areas of their life were over-all, sinful.
Today, I’d like to talk about two men in particular, Solomon and Jeroboam. Both of these men made specific life-choices that separated them from God. First, we read about Solomon:
“King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, ‘You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.’ Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.” (1 Kings 11:1-2)
God had requested that Solomon lead the people of Israel. Yet, Solomon was more concerned with setting up the first Playboy mansion!
Surely Solomon would have remembered the blessing that David experienced by following God’s commands, but his desires for women consumed his better judgment.
Next, we read about Jeroboam:
“Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.” (1 Kings 12:31)
God specifically appointed the Levites as the tribe responsible for religious duties. However, Jeroboam obviously wanted to stack the deck with his own people. Again, we see a man who has been appointed into leadership.
Yet he chooses to follow his plans instead of God’s.
What does this mean for us?
What insight can we gain from Solomon and Jeroboam? We all have leadership in our churches. As we choose leaders, we should seek men and women who stand firm on the Word, not just while teaching but as a standard for their lives.
It is our responsibility to seek out the men and women who carry integrity in all ways of life. By obtaining these leaders, we will experience great growth personally and even greater growth as a Body of believers!