How does hypocrisy hurt a leader? - Hypocrisy - TouchPoints

How does hypocrisy hurt a leader?

1 Samuel 13:11-14Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.”

Hypocrisy can cost leaders everything. Saul was rejected as king because of his hypocrisy. He claimed to honor God, but was simply watching out for himself. Wise leaders are genuine leaders. Divine moments can’t come from hypocritical leaders.

Matthew 23:15"What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are!

Galatians 2:11-13But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. [12] When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn't eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. [13] As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter's hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy spreads like a disease. As Peter learned from Paul, Christian leaders should learn from constructive criticism and strive to be genuine. Otherwise, their followers will pay the price.

1 Samuel 24:16-22Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil. Yes, you have been wonderfully kind to me today, for when the Lord put me in a place where you could have killed me, you didn’t do it. Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? May the Lord reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today . . . But David and his men went back to their stronghold.

Hypocrisy costs leaders their credibility and relationships of trust with others. Saul’s apparent contrition did not convince David. Instead, David returned to a safe place far from Saul. Wise leaders realize that what they might gain by hypocrisy they will lose in credibility and trust.

Acts 19:15-16But when they tried it on a man possessed by an evil spirit, the spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul. But who are you?” And he leaped on them and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and badly injured.

Hypocrites try the latest formula without having an authentic commitment. The seven sons of Sceva, Jewish exorcists, tried to cast out demons in Jesus’ name without having genuine faith in Jesus— and paid for it dearly. Wise leaders lead out of heartfelt commitment.