I've written a lot about leaders in the past (maybe because leadership is something that interests me), but I haven't written much about followers. The reality is that not everyone will be a leader, but all people will be followers. The question I'm thinking about right now is: What do you do when your leaders choose not to follow God?
This is a great question to think about because we may be approaching a time in our country when we have leaders who do not look to the Lord for direction in leading our country. For the Israelites, this was a reality with Rehoboam and Jeroboam in leadership. Whether a person lived in Judah or in one of the other tribes of Israel, he or she had to live under a leader who did not fear the Lord. There is a great lesson in 2 Chronicles 11:16 where it says that those whose hearts were set on following the Lord came to Jerusalem to offer their sacrifices.
People knew what they needed to do, and they did it. The Israelites knew what it meant to follow the Lord, and they sought to follow Him even when their leaders did otherwise. Just because a leader leads one way doesn't mean that people need to follow him or her. In fact, if the leader is not leading in a way that honors the Lord, then the people have a responsibility to continue doing what is right.
We face a future in our country where following God will not be popular and where leaders will not be committed to Him. Followers must be committed to the Lord no matter what direction their leader attempts to move them in.