: “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” - 2 Samuel 23:2,3
COMMENT: Anyone who finds himself in a position of leadership, whether in the Church, in government, in his community or at whatever level, should exercise his authority in the fear of God. When rulers rule with honesty they will not only be appreciated by the people but will be blessed by God Himself. King Solomon stated: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2) Religious leaders should even be more circumspect as to how they go about their duty. They should live by example knowing that judgment will begin with the “ancients” in the house of God - those who lead or profess to be leaders of God’s people.
Giving the guidelines as to those to be ordained elders, St. Paul stated that they must be men who are “blameless, ...vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; ...Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” - 1 Timothy 3:1-7.