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