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Can any leader be trusted?

| by Bob Russell

The past few months, ever since allegations of sexual abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced, a plethora of women have publicly shared their stories of sexual misconduct. Famous Hollywood actors, athletes, businessmen, influential politicians, and others are facing the consequences.

Time magazine lists 60 well-known public figures—besides Weinstein—who have been accused of sexual misconduct. That’s probably just scratching the surface. In the wake of the current political unrest, the avalanche of accusations has left most Americans feeling unsettled.  

Can any leader be trusted? How do we know who to believe and who not to believe? Are we supposed to forgive and forget when the character flaws appear so deep that they scar a person’s credibility for life?

The fact that our nation’s moral foundations are crumbling is evidence that we have been rejecting God and His Word for decades. Galatians 6:7 warns, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” 

We have collectively sown the wind of spiritual rebellion and hedonism, and we are reaping the whirlwind of chaos and collapse. 

Missing values

The following is a list of 10 biblical principles that we have been violating. They need to be quickly reaffirmed and reapplied if we are to restore order to our society.

1. Men are to treat women with respect, not as objects for selfish sexual gratification.  

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life” (1 Peter 3:7).

2. Sex is a privilege to be reserved for a committed marriage relationship. 

“But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2).

3. Flirtatious remarks, inappropriate touching, and sexual innuendo have no place among God’s people.

“But among you, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:3-4).

4. Flagrant abuses can be covered up, but eventually the truth will be revealed.

“What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs” (Luke 12:3). 

5. Sins against children are especially egregious and will be punished severely.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). 

6. Women are to dress modestly and avoid communicating wrong signals.

“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God” (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

7. Wrong behavior is to be confronted immediately; delayed justice is ineffective.  

“When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong” (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

8. False accusations are to be punished severely.

“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness. . . . Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty” (Exodus 23:1 and 7).

9. A criminal accusation against anyone is to be verified by two or three witnesses.

“One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed.  A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” (Deuteronomy 19:15).

10. God’s forgiveness is available to all who repent and turn to Christ, but earthly consequences are still due.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

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Bob Russell

At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches & conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups.

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