Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”
Power is one of the hardest things to handle for anyone. We’re not talking about the enjoyment of the privileges that power comes with but of the inseparable responsibility associated with it. Pride and arrogance, always present in corrupt human nature are fed by power at the expense of conscience and the necessary and important responsibility that must accompany power is violently overwhelmed. That is why we often see how many political leaders start their mandates as humble lambs and soon become intolerable egotistical maniacs whose arrogance makes them feel they are superior to God and therefore they do not need to seek his guidance and protection. In this process of metamorphosis from sweet sheep to ruthless wolf all those who only seek to profit get involved in a special way. They feed with flattery and insincere praise the indomitable and monstrous ego of their leaders.
We must be very careful when we have been commissioned to carry out activities for which we have been invested with power. Do not forget the famous Dictum of Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Let’s seek always to exercise the kind of leadership that Jesus taught us, leadership based on service to others. His words were: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” With this correct attitude we will be serving both God and our neighbor. Only to God be the glory!