There are so many leaders and pastors in religious institutions around the United States who have failed miserably in bringing the message of the Kingdom. Individuals become leaders when they make the decision not to sacrifice their principles on the altar of convenience or compromise. By going under the guise of the name "Christianity" many leaders have effectively distorted the Kingdom message. Jesus our King while on this earth made this statement: For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? In effect, an individual can "gain the world" through the power and riches associated with him or her leadership, but, at the same time, forfeit his or her soul, the very core of their being. This will take place by ignoring or betraying their own character. In doing so, they can lose their leadership impact and longevity; not to mention their reason for their very existence. That is a tragic waste of their leadership and their life. As Dr. Munroe once stated: "The only way to protect what you hope to accomplish as a leader, and what you have already accomplished, is to develop and maintain strong personal character".
A leader's failure can change the reputation of the government, company, organization, or associations with which they are connected. A leader's values are personal, but they are never private. Leaders who fail to control their children and lead their family, how can they be trusted to lead and teach God's people; but yet it is being done. Remember what Paul stated in God's Constitution: for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God? There are so many pastors, whose children are having babies out of wedlock and the members are following suit. They think nothing of it. This is why leadership with character is so important. Some leaders fail dramatically and publicly while destroying their legacies in an instant. Other leaders unravel their legacies over a long, slow moral descent that eventually ruins their lives. When longevity of an individual's leadership is cut short by a character flaw, he is often unable to leave the legacy that he was meant to give to his generation. He has to forfeit his vision, or if not his vision itself, then his own participation in that vision.
Remember, character preserves a leader's cause and legacy.
Matthew 16:26 I Timothy 3:4