Book: Proverbs 25
“Remove the impurities from Silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Remove the wicked from the king’s court, and his reign will be made secure by justice.”
One of the most effective ways of providing solid, sustainable and supportable leadership is to remove corruption and wrong doing. A leader who will not allow wickedness in their leadership or those influencing them will govern well. The leader’s decisions on such matters will affect all.
You have heard the saying, “one bad apple spoils the barrel.” During the ripening process ethylene, a gas, is produced. That gas spreads out to the other fruit around even if they are not directly in contact with it. This is the same in any government, business or organization that does not deal with wickedness and injustices.
Each person has the responsibility to help remove the impurities. For those in leadership this wisdom speaks directly to the decisions you need to take and uphold. For those who are not in leadership you have a role to play as well. The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy and says, “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Take time to pray for yourself as a leader and those who have authority over you (including the Government of the day!).