Friday – June 28, 2024

1 Kings 9, 2 Chr 8, 1Tim 5

by Kelli Smith Simpkins

“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgement ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.” 1 Timothy 5:24-25

Once in college, I completed a “follow the leader” style team building exercise. We were in the woods, blindfolded, and everyone had to hold hands and communicate with the person on either side of them to make it out unscathed. Only the leader at the front of the line had the benefit of sight, but even then it was nighttime. The front of the line did ok, but in the back there was a lot of tripping over fallen logs and stepping in tiny ruts, proving who you’re following matters.

In 1 Timothy 5, Paul wraps up the chapter by warning against hastily choosing church leadership because, though they may seem righteous on the surface, their sins may reveal themselves down the road. This can be true for anyone in any leadership role.

Take Solomon for example. So far in 1 Kings, we’ve seen him as a wise man building a temple to honor God. In 1 Kings 9, God promises him what is to come if he remains faithful, and a warning of what will happen if he doesn’t. Much like my group in the woods, we will soon see Solomon lose his footing and no longer be a leader worth following.

There are so many voices in the evangelical space. As we choose who we follow or even walk alongside in our faith journey, let’s stick with the non-blindfolded person at the front of the line. These are the people whose teachings are biblically sound, focus on God before self, and point everything back to Jesus. And since they, like Solomon, are mere humans, let’s recognize when they veer off track and do what we can to lead them back.


  1. Lori says:

    Thank you Kelli

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