"I will send disaster upon the leaders of my people – the shepherds of my sheep – for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for," says the LORD. This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: "Instead of leading my flock to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them." - Jeremiah 23:1-2
Every so often something will just reach out from the page and grab me. I've been reading through Jeremiah this month, and the other day this passage caught me squarely between the eyes. It is a sobering thing to consider the expectations that God has for those in positions of leadership, and the consequences of not being faithful to those expectations.