1 Samuel 26:23 (KJV) 23 The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.
God calls leaders. We honor our leaders because we honor God Who calls them. Although all believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, there is a unique anointing that comes with God’s leadership call. They may not be our best choice; we may not agree with the way they do things, but as long as they don’t tell us to jettison our God, His Word, His law, we ought to honor them, submit to them, pray for them, and support them.
God is our supreme leader. When someone He has anointed as leader tries to usurp His authority, that’s the time we rightfully rebel—this is a righteous rebellion. Otherwise, disobedience becomes a direct assault on God’s choice. We want them to do good; we want them to succeed; we want them to make the right decisions, and we’re ready to accept their decisions even when different from ours.
I pray that this won’t be taken as self-serving since I too am a leader, perhaps not to hundreds and thousands, but to scores. We are accountable to our heavenly Father as to how we obey Him in honoring His anointed; the anointed leader is personally accountable to the Father as to how they conduct themselves. Leaders will make bad decisions; instead of shooting them down, why not find ways of filling their lack?
To position ourselves as an opposition to a leader and everything he does is obviously biased and wrong, but there are those who glory in such stand. We don’t support anyone—leaders or not—when they directly oppose God. We fully support God’s choice; we dare not touch God’s anointed. Instead of giving them a hard time, we bless them, and we want to be a blessing to them. Again, if it’s just a difference of opinion, policy, approach, strategy—if it’s not against God or His Word—the leader has the mandate; we give him that. It’s a righteous thing to do, and the Lord rewards it.