True act of loyalty is not in exposing the nakedness of leaders but rather in covering their shame.
We must remember that leaders are not from outer space. They are human, they do err and are subject to human passion. Is there any human void of frailties?
Have you heard of this saying, correct me only when you are perfect? If you have, please consider this saying.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” Luke 6:38.
We must understand those being led are like children to their leaders. And not minding the degree of proximity that brought about revelation of a concealed scandal surrounding a leader, kind and loving children will spring to action. They will manage the collateral damage of what potent to be a breaking news that will disgrace and oust their leader from exalted position.
Thesis could be written on this subject. However, brevity will suffice. Thus we must understand this saying.
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun’. Ecclesiastes 1:9
I implore my readers to study and ponder on the following biblical precedent.
“And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brethren.” And he said: “Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant”. Genesis 9:20-26.
The moral of this story is if when our leaders are confronted with scandals, we should not be those who will expose and mock them.
We should not allow ourselves to be instruments that will be used to disgrace them, drown them and have their life’s work and public image ruined.
Let us be true investors in people. That is, we should be those who will cover our leader’s shame, help those who fell to stand up, raise their heads and walk tall.
It is vital to know that our decisions and actions when confronted with issues we find repulsive and possibly repugnant are descriptions of who we are.
Will our actions release blessings or curses upon our lives?
Let us learn to celebrate our leader’s strength and also strengthen their weaknesses. Let us remember their shortcomings as test for us we cannot afford to fail.
Olatayo Ogedengbe Esq.