Christ-like leaders are full of integrity. They do not try to cover over or deceive others, saying one thing and meaning another.
Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless (above reproach) – not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. (Titus 1:7)
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. (2 Cor. 4:2)
Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one. (2 Cor. 7:2)
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. (2 Cor. 8:21)
Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. (Heb. 13:18)
Policy-making is one of those areas in which it could be easy for a leader to have hidden agendas.
Think about your policy-making. Is it filled with integrity, truly accomplishing what you communicate or are there backdoors or loopholes that open the way for hidden agendas? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do your policies truly promote the good of all? Or, are they self-advancing, promoting your own interests?
- Do your policies truly protect others? Or, are they self-protective, protecting your own comfort?
- Do your policies provide for and enhance ministry and life in Christ? Or, are they self-enhancing, providing for and enhancing your own ambitions?
- Do your policies reflect God’s purposes and design for the Body? Or, are they self-promoting, reflecting your own image?
- Do your policies show love for the Lord and people? Or, are they self-serving, looking out for your own needs?
Notice how policies with hidden agendas serve self … self-advancing, self-protective, self-enhancing, self-promoting, self-serving. Now consider what God says —
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:3-5)
Making Policies with Hidden Agendas Can Backfire on You
Christ-like leaders serve others with integrity. They do not use their position to take advantage of others or get their own way. Leaders who develop policies with hidden agendas to serve their own interests, comfort, ambitions, image, and needs, can expect trouble.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. (Prov. 10:9)
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. (Prov. 11:3)
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. (Prov. 21:3)