This evening I continue the study of the book of Leviticus. One of the truths that really hits home is the 4th chapter…the sin offering, and especially the fact that when those in "prominent positions" (High Priest, Leader) sinned, God saw it differently then He did the rest of the congregation. As a matter of fact, when the High Priest sinned, there was a different offering (a young bull), and the blood was taken to a different place, into the Holy Place, sprinkled 7 times before the veil, and placed on the horns of the altar of incense (symbolic of restored prayer).
I think we all as "leaders" need to take heed…to see how God sees sin, especially from those to whom He has given so much! We have the honor and privilege of serving God. We are leading His people…where are we leading them? Billy Sunday said, "One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake." I'm afraid we far too frequently see sin as trivial, rather than deadly. Don't get me wrong…I am sooo grateful for the Lord Jesus who was my sin offering, but God help us to have a heart to hate sin, and to love our Savior!