The Insanity of Leadership

Every morning when I wake up there is something new that prompts me to ask the question, “Can we plummet any lower in the eyes of the world?” I say “we” because, unfortunately, most of us are United States Citizens and as citizens, we are indeed a part of this state of affairs. Which is why we cannot remain silent. We must remain active and vocal. Why? Because we are a part of this country. I used to say that we must not remain silent in the face injustice. But now it’s not just injustice and inequality. It’s insanity. It’s something beyond my understanding and the understanding of most people who possess a reasonably sound mind.

There’s a scripture that comes to mind. In the 4th Chapter of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar is wandering around on the roof of the royal palace in Babylon. And he begins talking to no one in particular (often the first sign of insanity!) He says “Is this not the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”[1]  He says this even though he has come to recognize that the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego is the true sovereign God when they survive being thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden man-made idol. (If anyone doesn’t know the story of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, see Daniel Chapter 3.) But here in Chapter 4, as soon as Nebuchadnezzar utters the self-serving words that attribute the wealth of the kingdom to his own might,  the Lord removes everything from him and Nebuchadnezzar is driven away.

What caught my attention, however, is verse Daniel 4:36 when after being driven away, Nebuchadnezzar says “At that time my sanity was restored…..”[2] Wow!  Nebuchadnezzar is admitting that thinking that his wealth, glory, and power were because of his might was insane! He is confessing that he was literally out of his mind and suffering from insanity and delusions to think that the grandeur around him was a result of his power and authority!

But let’s go back to the 3rd Chapter of Daniel.  Remember Nebuchadnezzar commanded the people to worship the golden man-made image. Worshipping idols and images are sure ways that unbalanced leaders get certain people to kowtow. Because many people love relating to images and symbols rather than values and ideals. If we begin to consider the importance and significance of the values and principles behind the symbols then we would not get so caught up in the symbol itself. (e.g., an American Flag which is supposed to symbolize the values of justice, freedom, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness vs. the American flag as an object). It’s insane!

It’s interesting to note that even though the last thing Nebuchadnezzar did was to regain his sanity and be restored to his throne, we remember him for making a golden image and demanding that the entire province bow down and worship the image.  We remember Nebuchadnezzar for throwing three Hebrew brothers into a fiery furnace.  We don’t remember the last words in Daniel 4 which let us know that an insane man regained his sanity. At times like this, I wonder what history will remember about the man who currently leads our country? Will sanity ever prevail?


[1] Emphasis added, NIV Translation
[2] Emphasis added, NIV Translation

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2 thoughts on “The Insanity of Leadership

  1. What a great read this morning and something to ponder. I’m proud to call you Pastor, thanks be to God. What a writer you are, how do you find all this time?

  2. THE INSANITY OF LEADERSHIP WAS AN INTERESTING ARTICLE THAT CAPTURED MY READING TIME THIS MORNING. THANK YOU SO MUCH, PASTOR JENKINS, FOR THIS HOMILY OF A ROYAL LOSS OF MIND AND RESTORATION OF HIS SENSES. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOUR MULTI TALENTED MINISTRY.