Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hosea 5:1-2 + Leadership

Hosea 5:1 Hear this, O priests! Give heed, O house of Israel! Listen, O house of the king! For the judgment pertains to you ... 2 ... but I will punish all of them.

What happens when our leaders go astray? That's the question from today's reading.

The judgment pertains to the "1 priests" and the "1 house of the king," "but [the] punish[ment will effect] all of them." I obviously added the word "will effect." "Trickles down to" might be even more accurate.

In every kingdom ... church ... or family, don't you know that there are faithful souls who are led down darkened paths by their leaders. It wasn't their idea. It wasn't their plan. But we brought along nonetheless. We are called, therefore, to be very wary of the values, morals, and priorities of those we salute too. Why? Because they're likely to draw us down their path ... whether we like it or not.

Why? An even more important answer is that we're called to only and ultimately salute to God.

Lord, steer all the leaders in our lives toward your path. Steer us too.


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