A Golden Calf

‘Now when the people saw that Moses was delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us.  As for this Moses who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’

‘So Aaron told them, ‘Take off the gold earrings that are on your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me.’

‘Then all the people took off their gold earrings and brought them to Aaron.  He took the gold from their hands, and with an engraving tool he fashioned it into a molten calf.  And they said, ‘O Israel, these are your gods, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’   Exodus 32:1-3

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And so it goes…

There is something in our, human nature, that seeks to; believe in and follow…and even worship…a tangible god that we can see and feel and hear.

There is an easy, foxhole, to fall into…and that is the search for the extraordinary or divinely called…leader.  A person with a little magic sprinkled on them.  Someone who is above the rest of we, poor, mortals.

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There are leaders who have a ‘god complex.’

This complex can exhibit itself in a variety of forms.

A supervisor or a manager can be, adept, in the, art, of manipulation.  In other words they manipulate members of their staff to fulfill their needs or goals…and not the staff member.

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Often, managers are proficient at pitting members of their staff against each other in order to facilitate all members, looking only to them for direction and amelioration of disputes.

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A minister or pastor may demonstrate the, complex, by instructing their congregation that, ‘they are hearing from god…and therefore they must be obeyed when it pertains to your life!’

I saw a photo of a, faith healer, demonstrating his, god given gift, in a large arena that was filled with thousands of people.  The caption read…’why do we never see this minister healing people in the hospital?’

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I admire leaders who inculcate, some, ‘gut feeling’ or empathy…or who take a chance, this is a mark, in moderation, of a good leader and a, calculated, risk taker.

However, to believe that you gut instincts are better than the considered study of a majority of scientist…is folly…

The greatest leadership that I have found is the leader that endeavors to lead by a consensus of logical opinion.

The day that I was asked to be a supervisor, of a crew of 12 people, I was humbled and honored and, knew, that I was but a steward of SIU and not an owner of my crew or their allegiance or abilities.  I, always, found that I learned much more from the staff that I was assigned to lead or manage…than they ever learned from me.

Remember, God talks to all of his creation and supervisor and managers and administrators and ministers and presidents…are working under…designated authority from a higher authority.

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In the case of the President of the United States…the higher authority is the American people and the Constitutionally mandated checks and balances from the other, co-equal, branches of government…the Congress and Senate and the Judiciary.

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In the case of a minister or pastor, there should be a church board of Elders and or Deacons that manage the individual.  This, governmental group should represent the congregation of the church…not the minister.

A supervisor should have a manager…who should have an administrator…who represents the good of the organization and the well being of all employees that are under their direction.

‘Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad-men, even when they exercise influence and not authority:  still more when you superadd the tendency, or the certainty of corruption by authority.’   John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton


3 responses

  1. Good piece that made me think. Happy Friday BJ.

    1. Thank you, my friend. A, good, Friday too you. 😉

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