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In recent times there have been sensational news of prominent church leaders who have fallen due to moral failure. These have ranged from leaders with global ministries leading thousands of followers like Jerry Falwell of Liberty University, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church and John Ortberg of Menlo Mega church.

Uganda has not been spared. It came as a shock to many when the leading Church of Uganda early this year suspended the former Arc Bishop Stanley Ntagali following news reports of having an extra marital affair.

There are those who feel such punishments are severe. But leaders are part of an institutional set up and for the sake of preserving the institution, especially once such news get out in the public, some reprimand has to take place to retain confidence in the organisation they lead.

A lesson here is that institutions are bigger than individuals! Further, sin is no respecter of titles or positions. No one, however huge the name, is beyond fall.

Although it may strike many as odd it is actually not a rarity to find a leader who gets entangled in some morally compromising situation. Historically, there are more than ample cases. King David had a fling with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his junior officers whom he caused his death (2 Samuel 11). Abraham slept with his maid Hagar (Genesis 16: 3-4); it is said Solomon , the "wise man" who wrote the Book of proverbs, limited his sexual appetite to just "700 wives and 300 concubines" (1 Kings 11:3).

Now if one looks at how the world handles leaders who fall there is a stark difference. Often the world seeks to hush but once the matter is open then to banish the culprit, whatever the their record of service is. One thing you should know forgivennes is not a nature of the world!

For Christians, ours is a faith of repentance and restoration. Christianity is not a faith of condemnation! King David fell on his knees once his sin became obvious to him and poured out his heart to God, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” ( Psalm 51:1-2). He was restored.

When a believer repents, unlike the world eager for a stick, God wraps His arms around and begins the work of restoration. Who are we not to forgive!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in you we seek and find restoration wherever we go astray and what a comfort to know there is no condemnation for those who have repented and believe in Christ Jesus!

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!