To continue from the curse of Ham and Canaan, where we looked at how a leader over-looking the impact their images may have on a following, and the results of a following thats quick to minimize or marginalize its leaders for trivial matters, we take a step deeper into the nature of what is called Hater’s and their relationships or root issues with the hated upon.
I try to take historical context in account when I read these things so, what I see may be a little more or different. So here goes.
Matthew 26 23:35 -The scene is the last supper, Jesus was the leader of the group, the master you can say. In those days it was customary during a feast to always let the leader dip their bread in the oil first. Pretty much the same as in nature when Lions eat, the strongest Alpha Lions always get their portion of the kill first, even if they didnt kill the prey. This night, more than likely due to things he had seen, Jesus knew he would be betrayed because the heat for him held by the Romans had gotten too hot, he knew there was someone in the group willing to give him up. And he knew that the person that would give him up would more than likely be Judas. How so?
For Judas to dip his hand in the bowl at the same time as Jesus was more than a faux pas, or social mistake, it was a show of lack of reverence or respect. It also may have been a hint indicating that in his mind he thought that he himself could truly take the place of Jesus and be the leader. Judas tries to speak as if it wasnt so, but his actions say different. Judas picks up on this and thus during the betrayal of Jesus, Judas mockingly masked his actions… with a kiss.
A person like this in any group, if not addressed, will usually begin to whisper in the ears of others in attempt to cause a falling away, or they would leave and become opposition of sorts to that group and its leader. It has been floating around for a few years that there is a gospel of Judas that has been found. Im not saying whether its real or not but if it were, think about it… everybody in the group was writing about Jesus but Jesus didnt even write about himself. I guess writing was the facebook of that day and Jesus chose to keep it old school…lol.
So what are we to take from this?
If you are a leader or find yourself in charge, be very careful of who you let get too close. Ive said to many over the years…that Jesus only had 12 friends and one of them was willing to send him to death with a kiss. Saviour of the world, trying to do good and drop knowledge everywhere he goes…preaching love… and he has 12 close friends…. and even with that low number look what happened.
Pay attention to the words and actions of your people, some may be bucking for more authority or seniority over their peers, if that’s the case, give them some responsibility. If that’s not enough, Isolate them with their authority; if that’s not enough, expel them; if that’s not enough…make an example of them. It works the same on a football team, an Army Unit, an office environment, everywhere.
Finally, to keep it short, with regard to group dynamics, if you are the leader…. when reaching out to embrace someone or down to help someone up ….keep in mind to never drop your guard totally and be ready to address those challenges from within. WIth that said, if you address the hater and their gripes are well founded, do not hesitate to be a bigger man and step aside, but if its not…fix it. Cut em off, there is no such thing as a frenemy, there are friends and acquaintances and there are enemies… enemies that you may or may not choose to let hang around.
Notice George Washington on the Washington Mural in DC…. One hand making a welcoming or revealing gesture, the other holding a sword. Even though he is surrounded by those who obviously are with him. Is this not how America deals with other nations with regard to foreign relations to this day?
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And thats the thought of the day,
and thats Keypinitreel
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