Sunday School

March 22 – Corrupt Leaders
Alternate Title – An Argument Against Corruption
Alternate Title #2 – Leaders Should be Responsible
Bible Lesson: Micah 3:1-3, 9-12 (KJV); Micah 6:6-8 (KJV)


Key verse: Micah 6:8 (KJV) - "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"


What shall we learn from this lesson:
Micah was a prophet whose place in history is a respectful one. A hundred years after Micah, his ministry was used in defense of the prophet Jeremiah who was in danger of being executed. The elders spoke up for Jeremiah by comparing his ministry to that of Micah (Jeremiah 26:17-19). As a result, his life was spared (Jeremiah 26:24).


The Book of Micah begins with a denunciation of the evils which exist among the people in general (Micah 1:2). But in Chapter 3 he turns his attention to the evils that exist in the leadership (Micah 3:10-11).


He depicts the leaders as those who prey upon the people for personal gain so much so it is likened, metaphorically, to those with cannibalistic tendencies (Micah 3:3 ESV)—draining the people for all they are worth.


He said the leaders of Israel were supposed to know better; know right from wrong (Micah 3:1-2). But this did not stop the rulers from making decisions based on bribes. This did not stop some prophets from requiring payment to prophesy (Micah 3:11). This applies also to all of us. How many times have we ignored what we know is right to do something we know is wrong?


In the democratic society of today, our elected or appointed rulers, officials and leaders unfortunately at times make decisions a certain way to keep their jobs whether that way is right or wrong.


Often times, their decisions are based on what their political party determines or what a powerful lobby or contributor prefers. However, one of the most dangerous types of leader is one who does not know or believes in biblical right and wrong; a leader who operates only from a personal viewpoint and ignores God's way.


Therefore, Micah's condemnation of the actions of some leaders during his lifetime also applies today. Even in the church, some leaders make decisions based solely on their personal preferences and not based on what is better for the church in general. Also, false prophets can twist God's word to justify their actions. That is how the Bible was used to justify slavery for 400 years.


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