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session 1: A Fruitful Legacy

A CAse study

Imagine: He was a young candidate, but after a long history of corrupt presidents, youth was an asset. It gave him the appear- ance of innocence.And in his case,it was more than an appear- ance. He was idealistic, visionary, optimistic, and unstained by the ugly effects of under-the-table deals and cutthroat politics. He was a new and promising face.

Naturally, he was elected, mainly because everyone loves a new face. And the first two years of his term went remark- ably well. But in the third year, a scandal surfaced—the first of many. e honeymoon was over. Illegal fundraising, deceptive claims, and destroyed reputations would mark the rest of his presidency. Power, it seems, corrupted even the most promis- ing of careers.

  • Is it possible for a leader to increase in both power and faithfulness at the same time? Why or why not?

  • Why do power and success seem to corrupt even pure hearts?

  • Does this situation apply only to kings and presidents, or have you noticed the corrupting influence of authority in your circles of friends and associates? What can a person do to remain humble and pure in the midst of great or sudden success?

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A Walk Thru the Life of Solomon: Pursuinga Heart of Integrity, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2009. Used by permission.

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