In recent months, we examined leadership lessons
from Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. This month we look at Hosea,
a prophet who was a living lesson for the love God has for his people.
Here are three lessons we can learn from Hosea.
Leaders must be subject to their superiors.
As a sign that God wanted to reclaim His people, Hosea was told to
reclaim his adulterous wife, Gomer. This was not something Hosea or most
anyone else would choose to do, for Gomer had other lovers, but Hosea
followed the command of God to buy her back at the slave market. Often
leaders must follow the orders of superiors who have a more strategic or
long-term view. This does not mean we must not ask superiors any
questions, nor does it justify atrocities attributed to “just following
orders.” But if subordinate leaders trust and respect their superiors,
then they must be subject to them.
Leaders must play by the rules. Hosea was
not a rule breaker. He refused to go along with the crowd, which was not
following the rules of God. Athletes who don’t play by the rules are
ejected from the game. Businessmen and women who break the law will
eventually pay in one way or another. Sometimes we want to do it our way
instead of the right way. Due to my age and the fact that in earlier
years I “abused my body” through athletics and work, I have suffered
joint replacement, general arthritis, and other ailments. I know I must
now play by the rules of eating healthy, daily exercise, and taking care
of myself if I wish to keep moving and be productive. If I fail to play
by the rules, I lose.
Leaders must be willing to confront others in
love. Hosea confronted the people about their sin and lack of
loyalty to God. Through my life I have had the responsibility to lead
groups ranging from five people to over five thousand. I have been a
parent raising teenagers, a leader in a mega church, the top academic
official in a large university, and am now following my passion of
teaching and leading a great group of college students. In every
situation, I have had to confront those for whom I had the
responsibility to lead. To not do so, would be “dereliction of duty;”
yet I have attempted to confront with a love and concern for the
well-being of my followers.
Hosea is a great example for leaders to be subject
to those in authority over them, play by the rules, and confront others