Leadership Conflict

For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they shall not prosper, And all their flocks shall be scattered. Behold, the noise of the report has come, And a great commotion out of the north country, To make the cities of Judah desolate, a den of jackals.
— Jeremiah 10:21-22 NKJV

The world has its own ideas regarding leadership and has produced countless thousands of pages on the subject. There is as well a godly biblical view of leadership, about which also much has been written. It is vital that we look to the scriptures to see what the Father says to His children about leadership. Authentic Kingdom leaders cannot function from a dualistic place. They will be led either by the Holy Spirit or by their own souls, meaning their own aspirations and ambitions. In the natural sense, a shepherd is a person who leads and cares for sheep. Yet, the Father called those whom He raised to lead and care for people shepherds. In the church, we call them pastors.

Tragically, the very ones who were to represent the Father became caught up in themselves. Even in the midst of leading the people, they began bending their knees to idols. They never seem to notice that all the significant time and resources they invested in worshiping idols brought back absolutely no returns. Influenced by the ungodly, wicked, and idolatrous nations around them, they fashioned from their own imaginations metal and stone images that did not and could not speak to them because they were dead matter.

Leaders who were sanctioned by the Father to lead His people were to do so under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, listening to His voice, obeying what He told them, and letting the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the Father be their spiritual and moral compass for guiding the people. These leaders, who had started off well, soon became seduced by their own senses: sight, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching. This seduction did not happen overnight, and may have remained hidden for a while, but as times progressed, the true nature of their hearts eventually was revealed. Following the ways and the manners of the world brought blindness to the eyes—and wax to the ears—of their hearts. They became increasingly inept in their capacity to hear and listen to the voice of the Father.

Dull-heartedness in shepherds is revealed as their people become scattered. Chaos ensues! This is the time when false teachings take root. Empty and valueless beliefs are adopted. Gullibility creeps in and people who should be cared for and protected are taken advantage of. Sound wisdom and understanding are nowhere to be found. Leaders who lead by their own strength and understanding bring only hurt and pain because their internal posture is crooked. The only cure for dull-heartedness is repentance!