The Power of POWER: How leaders abuse
Messiahs Mandate, Featured Blog by Ron Cantor, September 17, 2019
Leaders have power over their subjects. It is a fact. In Iran, the people are afraid to dance. In Turkey, they don’t dare insult the government. At your job, you don’t let your boss see you arrive late. A child hides his bad grades from his parents.
Yes, leaders have power over their subjects, which is why God expects leaders to use the power they wield graciously and not abuse it.
“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them…Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” (Col. 3:19-21) “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” (Prov. 29:2)
I abused my Authority
Years ago, one of my daughters had a roommate. One day, they got into a fight and this other girl, much older than my daughter, lashed out at her. I was their pastor at the time. I met with them to resolve it. My memory is vague, but I remember that the other young lady was not comfortable. Her lips quivered. She was scared. We had what I thought was a “breakthrough.” Only later did I realize how wrong it was for me to mediate. I should have asked one of the other pastors to do it, as I was biased, since it was my daughter involved.
My point is that, while I had no evil intention, just the act of having the meeting was somewhat abusive to my daughter’s roommate. Now imagine when a leader is intentional about using his position to manipulate or take advantage of someone.
Some Know This Power
I recently heard of an leader who lured an underage girl into lewd communications with him. It may have gone well past that. He used his power and position to get her to do things she would not normally do. How? Well, it must be okay, he is a godly leader. Why would he ask me if it is not acceptable?
When she realized it was wrong, the minister’s wife—I kid you not—begged her to not report it as that would, “break his heart.” Surely, she would not want to be responsible for not only breaking his heart, but also possibly sending him to jail!
She was the abused, but then the team of enablers were unleashed on her. As we can see in the case of Jeffrey Epstein, “it takes a village.” Epstein had people looking out for young girls for him. In the case above, even one of his minister friends sought to keep the girl quiet. They used guilt, shame and deception. I have just one question: Where is the fear of God? But that is another blog.