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Jul 28, 2019

Gunfight at the OK Corral

Gunfight at the OK Corral

Passage: Judges 9:1-57

Speaker: Rick Carpenter

Series: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Category: Sunday Sermons

Keywords: leadership, misguided

Abimelek was an opportunist. After his father, Jerub-baal (Gideon) led the Israelites to victory over the Midianites, and, at the same time, led them to return to their covenant faith in God, there was peace in the land for about 40 years. But when Gideon died, Abimelek, his illegitimate son, saw the chance to step up and step into his shoes as the appointed leader of Israel. Unlike his father, he was motivated by greed, narcissism, and the desire for power and glory. Abimelek would do anything to get to the top, including murdering his own brothers. And the people of Shechem, swayed by his convincing smooth talk and his ruthless craving to be at the top, fell into the trap of supporting a fraud and a fake, and gave themselves to his evil methods. A misguided leader and a misplaced allegiance by the people to his leadership, were made possible because both Abimelek and the citizens and leaders of Shechem had lost their way, their focus, their faith. It is easy for anyone in a place of leadership to lose sight of their call and mission, to get caught up in self-aggrandizement, to be more concerned with their image than their purpose. And it is easy for those who are “under” the leader’s direction, to be fooled, swayed by smooth talk, good looks, and boastful confidence. How do we make sure we don’t fall into the trap of misguided leadership, and misplaced allegiance?